I am having problems with maintaining an erection - what should I do?
First of all, try not to worry – ED is a common problem and often the cause, whether it is physical or emotional, can be identified and treated.
The treatment for ED that is best for you depends on what is causing the problem. If the cause of your erection problems is a physical one, then treating this could help to cure the ED.
If the cause is psychological, for instance you have depression or suffer from performance anxiety, counselling could help. Taking steps to reduce the stress in your life could also help you to achieve and maintain erections again.
Making healthy lifestyle choices can also help to resolve erection problems. Giving up smoking, reducing your alcohol intake, giving up recreational drugs, losing weight if you’re overweight, and taking up regular exercise could all help you to regain your ability to get and maintain a full erection.
There are also drugs available which can help you to overcome erection problems. These work by temporarily increasing the blood flow to the penis, allowing you to get an erection and sustain it for a period of time. However, you must consult a doctor before taking these drugs as they must be used with caution if you have or have had cardiovascular disease, have had a stroke, or have low blood pressure. Drugs to treat ED (for example Viagra
) can also interact with certain prescribed and recreational drugs.
If you would prefer to consult an online doctor, use our free ED assessment
or book a phone consultation with one of our doctors.