What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
Erectile Dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection that is sufficient for penetrative sex.
Most men will be affected by erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives, as a recurrent or one-off problem.
ED can have a range of causes, both physical and psychological. In most cases impotence is related to reduced blood flow to the penis when aroused.
However, ED may also be the symptom of other health conditions such as narrowing of blood vessels (i.e. associated with high blood pressure, diabetes and high cholesterol), hormonal problems, surgery and injury. It is therefore important to have a health check to rule out any serious underlying health conditions.
Psychological causes of ED include anxiety, depression and relationship problems.
Treatments for ED work by relaxing the blood vessels that supply the penis, which in turn increases blood flow to the penis.
Our online service allows you to purchase treatment for ED through our trusted health professionals. You can speak with our pharmacist if you have any concerns about ED.
You should NOT use this service and see your GP if:
- You are a women.
- You are under 18 years of age.
- You have been advised not to take part in sexual activity.
- You have recently had a heart attack.
- You have recently had a stroke.
- You have been diagnosed with unstable angina.
- You have low blood pressure (hypotension).
- You are taking any form of nitrate medications i.e. glyceryl trinitrate or amyl nitrite "poppers".
- You have ever experienced an eye condition known as non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION) – an eye condition that causes a sudden loss of vision.