Valentine’s Day has traditionally spurred the sales of chocolates, roses and greeting cards, but research has shown that demand sharply increases for erectile dysfunction (ED) drugs as well. Not surprising considering that the pressure to perform in the bedroom is probably at its highest level in a relationship during this time.
In fact, Valentine’s Day is also known as National Impotence Day, an annual health event to raise awareness of erectile dysfunction among the public and health professionals.
Awareness over the past decade has slowly, along with the emergence of legitimate online physician and pharmacy services, has removed the stigma around ED. It has also led to more and more men going online to access treatment.
So exactly how do ED drugs work?
Certain ED pills work by relaxing your blood vessels. This temporarily increases the blood flow to the penis which results in an erection. You can achieve an erection within 30 to 60 minutes of taking the medication. But it can be taken up to four hours before sexual activity. Any choice of treatment should be made after a full discussion with your physician.
Remember, if you have had issues, speak to a urologist first to get a medical opinion on ED.
Can anyone get ED?
Erectile dysfunction can happen to men at any age. So the pressure to perform in bed can affect anyone young or old. Also, recent statistics show that one in four men diagnosed with ED is under the age of 40.
Certain habits may make your ED worse
Any negative habits that affects your brain, heart, or waistline can worsen your ED.
For example, if your daily activities include the following, consider making a lifestyle change:
- Excessive drinking
- Poor diet
- Lack of exercise
- Drug use
Changing any or all of these habits can improve blood flow and improve your mental well-being as well.
There are many symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
One of the biggest myths about erectile dysfunction is that it only occurs when you can’t have an erection. While that is the most common symptom, it’s not the only one.
For instance, there may be times that you can get an erection but can only maintain it for just a few minutes at a time.
In other situations, you may be able to get an erection and even maintain it, but your penis may not have enough blood to achieve penetration.
Here are a few other symptoms of ED to look out for:
- A weakened libido
- Inability to ejaculate
- Nerve damage or penile trauma
If you experience any of these symptoms and you’ve been struggling in the weeks leading up to Valentine’s Day, don’t be afraid to seek medical treatment.