Impotence: Prescription and OTC Treatment Options


An erection is a process that occurs when blood flow increases in the penis as a result of sexual arousal. Impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED) refers to failure to achieve or problem maintaining erection on getting sexually aroused.

Almost all men face this sexual problem at least once in a life time.  A man may face this problem either every time he engages in a sexual activity or it may vary. He may either get an erection but is unable to maintain the same when tries to have sex.

Factors responsible

Many factors can be responsible for ED, physical as well as psychological. Physical factors responsible for this condition are high blood pressure, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, injury or major surgery in pelvic area, high cholesterol, ageing and atherosclerosis. Psychological factors responsible for impotence are stress, depression, guilt, relationship difficulties, sexual boredom, bereavement and fatigue. Unhealthy lifestyle like smoking, drugs, nicotine, and excess alcohol can also be responsible for ED.

How to treat it?

Impotence can be treated in different ways. Initially, you should try by changing your lifestyle factors such as taking a healthy diet, reducing on your alcohol intake, and smoking.

For people who are suffering form impotence mostly due to psychological factors, counseling or sex therapy can prove really beneficial. A couple can go for a therapy together in order to benefit better.

Apart from psychological treatment, many medications are also available for treating ED. You can go for prescribed medications, mechanical devices or surgeries. The most popularly prescribed medications available for impotence are [email protected]@, Cialis, and Levitra. All these pills should be taken at least 30-60 minutes before you engage in sexual intercourse. [email protected]@ effect can last up to 4 hours and helps you achieve erection when you have sexual intercourse and to enjoy a satisfactory intercourse. Cialis is popularly known as the ‘weekend pill’ as its effect lasts up to 36 hours. Levitra also helps you achieve and maintain erection during intercourse. Its effect lasts up to 5 hours.

You can also mechanical devices such as vacuum pumps that are available on the market, for treating impotence. If nothing works out, you can go for surgery known as penis prosthesis. It involves placement of an implant (splint) into the penis. Two main types of splints are available; semi rigid rods or an implant that can be inflated when required.

Erection problems can harm you in many ways in your relationship with your partner. But it is a problem that you can deal with. If you want to really improve and deal with your impotence problem, you can try one of the above mentioned methods and have a healthy, satisfying and enjoyable sex life with your partner.