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Do you have problems getting or keeping an erection hard enough for sex? Then you might have a condition called erectile dysfunction (ED).  ED is more common than you might think, with 4.3 million men in the UK affected.*

 

So don’t worry – you’re not alone and you can take action to get help.

 

For a discreet and confidential discussion about ED speak to our pharmacist in your local Rowlands Pharmacy, to find your nearest Rowlands Pharmacy simply enter your postcode in the store finder. 

 

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a relatively common condition that affects men of all ages.  ED is a common medical condition that has nothing to do with masculinity. 4.3 million men in the UK experience symptoms,* so don’t worry – if you’re experiencing ED symptoms you are not alone. You can take action to get help.

 

Many men ignore their ED symptoms for years, because they are too embarrassed to see a healthcare professional, but the symptoms of ED can be treated in most cases.

 

What are the symptoms of ED?

 

Men can experience symptoms in different ways:

 

  • Some men do not get an erection at all
  • Some men get an erection, but cannot keep it long enough for sex
  • Some men get an erection, but it is not hard enough for sex

For some men with ED, it can be difficult to get or keep an erection every time they try to have sex. For others, symptoms can happen just once in a while.

 

What causes erectile dysfunction?

A common physical cause of erectile dysfunction is reduced blood flow to the penis

ED is generally due to physical causes, although psychological issues and some types of medication can also cause it.  The main physical cause of ED is not enough blood flowing into the penis, so a man cannot get and keep an erection when he is sexually excited.  This happens because the small blood vessels that supply the penis during an erection become blocked or narrow.  Smoking, high cholesterol and lack of exercise can cause this problem, as can high blood pressure and diabetes.

 

ED can sometimes be an early warning sign of underlying health conditions even if you feel healthy.  While not all men with ED will have other health problems, it is always best to talk to our pharmacist or see your doctor who can fully assess your health and treat any condition you might have that could be causing ED symptoms.

 

How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?

Men who are unsure if their erection problems are symptoms of ED can benefit from talking discreetly with our pharmacist.  The pharmacist will not give you a physical examination or ask you personal questions about your sex life – they will just ask you a few questions about your general physical health and any medicine you might be taking, this is to confirm that you have ED symptoms and to decide if VIAGRA CONNECT is suitable for you.

 

If VIAGRA CONNECT is right for you, our pharmacist will explain how to take it correctly for the best results. You should also see your doctor within 6 months of your first purchase of VIAGRA CONNECT to get a health check-up.

 

If VIAGRA CONNECT isn’t right for you, our pharmacist will refer you to your doctor who can discuss alternative treatment options with you in more detail.

 

Do not ignore ED symptoms – talk to our pharmacist or make an appointment with your doctor for a health check-up.  Erection problems can be treated in most cases, so take action and get help by talking to our pharmacist in confidence today about VIAGRA CONNECT.

 

Can the symptoms of erectile dysfunction be treated?

Making a few lifestyle changes could help reduce the risk of ED symptoms:

 

  • Losing weight through healthy eating
  • Taking regular exercise
  • Reducing stress
  • Stopping smoking
  • Moderating alcohol intake and avoiding recreational drugs
  • As well as these lifestyle changes, you can ask your pharmacist or doctor for more details about the following ED treatments which are available:

Erectile dysfunction and your health

Erectile dysfunction can sometimes be caused by different health conditions

  • Heart and circulation problems can reduce the flow of blood to the penis
  • Low levels of the male hormone testosterone
  • Injury to or disease of the penis or surrounding areas
  • Mental health problems, such as depression and anxiety, or relationship issues
  • Surgery to the penis or the surrounding areas (e.g. prostate surgery)
  • Lifestyle issues, such as stress, smoking, alcohol and recreational drug abuse

ED symptoms can be caused by a variety of medical conditions. Talk to our pharmacist to find out more.

 

Your erection problems

How to talk about your erection problems with your partner.

 

Like most issues couples face in life, it is always better to face them together. ED is no different. The sooner you discuss it, the sooner you can get your love life back on track.  Ignoring ED symptoms and avoiding sex can lead to greater misunderstanding. It is important to remember that ED is a medical condition that can be treated in most cases. It’s nobody’s fault.

 

ED can be a difficult subject to talk about, so some men may withdraw and refuse to talk about it. The wall of silence surrounding the condition often leaves a man’s partner imagining all sorts of things.  You can reassure your partner by telling them that ED is a medical problem and nothing more – that it’s not their fault, it has nothing to do with attraction and they’ve done nothing wrong to cause this. This is a situation you can improve by working together as a team.

 

You may feel awkward about starting up a conversation with your partner about ED symptoms you are experiencing, but you’ll feel more at ease once you’ve discussed it.

 

When you start the conversation, remember:

 

  • ED is a common medical condition which affects 4.3 million men in the UK*
  • To stay positive: ED symptoms are treatable in most cases
  • To choose a neutral place (not the bedroom) to talk and approach the subject in a calm and relaxed manner
  • That you are both in this together

His erections problems

Talking to your partner about his erection problems

 

If your partner has erection problems, it can be difficult to know how to start the conversation.  It is a good idea to talk about ED for lots of reasons, so take some time now to find out why, when and how.

 

What’s causing the problem?

ED is much more common than you might think. 4.3 million men in the UK experience ED symptoms.*  The most common underlying medical conditions that are linked to ED and can cause ED symptoms are:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes

Your partner might be experiencing erection problems regularly or just occasionally. In either case, you should not ignore the issue as it can be a sign of underlying health issues.

 

He refuses to talk about his erection problems - If ignored, ED can create a lot of tension in a relationship and drive a wedge between you.  Some couples avoid talking about sex and intimacy, but in the case of ED, this is exactly the kind of conversation you need to have. Do not wait for your partner to mention it.  It is unlikely he will talk about it before you do, because men tend to avoid talking about health or sexual problems. A lot of men are concerned that talking about it may make the problem worse when actually, talking about it can help.

 

Is it my fault? - Many people whose partners have ED symptoms think they might be to blame. They might be asking themselves; “Does he still find me attractive?”, “Is he seeing someone else?” or “Is our sex life over?”  If both of you ignore the problem, it’s more likely these thoughts will eat away at your confidence and self-esteem. If you do not have the conversation, feelings of loneliness and even resentment or suspicion may only increase and further damage your relationship.  Remember that ED symptoms are linked to underlying health problems in most men, so it is important to start the conversation sooner rather than later, because it is highly likely that he won’t.

 

Nobody is to blame - As wonderful as relationships can be, they are not perfect all the time. You might have been having difficulties anyway and realising that your partner has erection problems might make things feel worse.  Always try to keep the tone positive and upbeat, rather than accusing or blaming. Keep in mind that ED is a health condition. Even if your relationship is going well, staying positive can be a challenge if the conversation never happens – that’s why talking about it is so important.

 

Choose your moment - So, you’ve made the decision to talk to him about his erection problems. What now? How, where and when should you start the conversation?  Choose a time when you know you are both free from other distractions. Do not have the conversation while you are getting ready to go out, during a meal or driving in the car, for example. Make sure you have the conversation when you will not be interrupted by children, family, visitors, phone calls or anything else.  Choose a place that is neutral, quiet and private. Do not have the conversation in the bedroom, or when he is distracted by domestic jobs or work, for example. Avoid times when he might feel exposed and vulnerable, such as getting ready for bed or when he is taking a bath or shower.

 

What should you say?

Start any conversation with ‘I’ or ‘We’, for example, “I’m worried that you aren’t feeling well”, or “We need to talk about your health, I’m really worried about it”.  Avoid saying “You need to recognise that you’ve got a problem” or “Don’t you find me attractive anymore?”, as it may be too confrontational. 

 

What do you do if he won’t listen? - Some men find it very difficult to talk about erection problems. Even if you have opened the conversation very carefully, he could close down.  If this happens, you should accept that he is not receptive right now, but do say that you both need to talk soon. This is the point where you could mention the health issues associated with ED symptoms.  You could say: “I’m just worried that you might have some underlying health issues”. He may not accept your concerns, but once you’ve mentioned that it is his health that is concerning you, he may start thinking about his symptoms in a different way.

 

What do you do when he does start to talk? - He could respond right away or days later. He might ask you why you are worried about his health. Most people would be concerned if someone who cared about them thought they might have underlying health problems.  Most men will find it easier to cope with addressing erection problems if they understand that it has nothing to do with their masculinity. You already know that the majority of men with ED symptoms may have underlying health issues, so your partner might begin to realise that his erection problems may not just be in his head.

 

Stay positive.  Having the ED conversation should mean the beginning of something better for both of you.

 

Even though erection problems are mostly caused by underlying health conditions, emotional issues like depression, anxiety and stress can also have the same effect. Either way, ED symptoms can cause damage to relationships and should be investigated as soon as possible. Together you can take action to get help.

 

 

VIAGRA CONNECT is the first medicine available in the UK without a prescription to help men with ED. It is available to buy from all local Rowlands Pharmacies.  The sooner you take action to get help, the sooner you can get your love life back on track. Talk to our pharmacist about treatment options for ED symptoms in a discreet and confidential manner.

 

VIAGRA CONNECT is a medicine that treats erectile dysfunction symptoms in men aged 18 years and older.  VIAGRA CONNECT increases the blood flow to the penis to help men get and keep an erection that lasts long enough for sex.  VIAGRA CONNECT will not give you an instant erection. You need to be sexually aroused for VIAGRA CONNECT to work.  VIAGRA CONNECT will not help you if you do not have ED symptoms.

 

VIAGRA CONNECT is clinically proven to treat all three issues of ED:

 

• Getting an erection

• Hardness of an erection

• Maintaining an erection

 

VIAGRA CONNECT works by relaxing the blood vessels that bring blood into the penis when a man is sexually excited. For men with erectile dysfunction (ED), this allows more blood to flow into the penis to maintain firmer erections. After sexual activity, the erection will go away as normal.  VIAGRA CONNECT is absorbed quickly and takes between 30 to 60 minutes to work. When taken with a high fat meal, for example burger and chips, the rate of absorption is reduced and VIAGRA CONNECT will take longer to work.

 

In clinical trials, VIAGRA CONNECT (sildenafil 50 mg) was effective in 74% of men with ED

 

What are the potential side effects of VIAGRA CONNECT?

The most common side effect (1 in 10 men may experience it) associated with VIAGRA CONNECT is a headache.

 

For the other less common side effects (between 1 in 10 and 1 in 100 men may experience them) related to VIAGRA CONNECT, please read the Patient Information Leaflet, available from the electronic Medicines Compendium:

 

The Myths

ED is only a problem for men aged over 60

TRUTH: While ED does become more common as men age, it can affect men of all ages. 4.3 million men in the UK suffer with ED symptoms.*

 

ED is a reflection of manhood or sex drive

TRUTH: ED has nothing to do with masculinity. It can occur as a result of underlying health conditions. If you experience ED symptoms, talk to your pharmacist or make an appointment with your doctor to discuss your general health.

 

ED has nothing to do with other health problems

TRUTH: ED can result from one or more of the following: physical health conditions, psychological conditions or from taking certain medications. If you have symptoms of ED, you should talk to your pharmacist or make an appointment to see your doctor.

 

VIAGRA CONNECT can improve loss of sex drive and premature ejaculation

TRUTH:  VIAGRA CONNECT helps men with ED get and keep an erection hard enough for sex. It is not an aphrodisiac, and it will not treat conditions such as premature ejaculation. If you are affected by other conditions, you should speak with your pharmacist or doctor.

 

VIAGRA CONNECT can give you a constant erection lasting 4 hours

TRUTH: Although this can be a rare side effect of VIAGRA CONNECT, your erection will usually go away at the end of sexual intercourse. VIAGRA CONNECT helps men with ED get and keep an erection hard enough for sex following sexual stimulation. The amount of time VIAGRA CONNECT takes to work varies from man to man, but it normally takes between 30 and 60 minutes. It can be taken up to 4 hours before sexual activity.

 

VIAGRA CONNECT can improve my performance even if I do not have ED

TRUTH: VIAGRA CONNECT can help only if you have ED symptoms, which happen when blood flow to the penis is not sufficient to support getting and maintaining an erection satisfactory for sex. VIAGRA CONNECT will not help you if you do not have ED symptoms.

For a discreet and confidential discussion about ED speak to our pharmacist in your local Rowlands Pharmacy, to find your nearest Rowlands Pharmacy simply enter your postcode into the store finder below. 

 

 

Reference: *Prevalence based on men reporting occasional an frequent difficulty getting and maintaining an erection [ref. Kantar TNS Omnibus Survey Dec 2010 – in a survey of 1,033 men]

 

 




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