What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction, abbreviated as ED most of the time, is the failure to achieve and/or sustain an erection of the penis long enough to successfully engage in sexual contact. You must be aware of the fact that erectile dysfunction is very different from the other conditions that impede with male sexual intercourse, such as problems with orgasm, ejaculation, and a lack of sexual desire or decrease in libido.
How common is Erectile Dysfunction in Men?
ED actually varies in severity depending on some factors. For instance, some men entirely fail to get an erection, whereas others can have an erection but not every time, and still, others can have an erection but they are only within a very short period of time, often not enough to complete intercourse and satisfy their partner. Due to the variations in severity of ED, it makes the estimation of its frequency difficult for physicians as well as for the patients.
Naturally, a lot of men are hesitant to discuss their problem of sexual impotence even with their physicians because of embarrassment, and so the condition goes undetected, undiagnosed, which may possibly lead to further damage if not treated as soon as possible.
ED actually can happen at any given age; however, the condition is uncommon in young men and it is more prevalent in those who are over 40 years old and above.
What causes Erectile Dysfunction?
The ability to obtain and sustain erections requires the following:
- Healthy arteries inside and just near the corpora cavernosa (a chamber of the penis, which run the length of the upper side of the penis)
- Healthy smooth muscle cells and fibrous tissues inside the corpora cavernosa
- Sufficient levels of nitric oxide inside the penis
- Healthy nervous system that can effectively conduct nerve impulses throughout the brain, spinal column and penis
Erectile dysfunction is likely to occur if one or more of the requirements stated above are not met. Some usual causes of ED include aging, diabetes, hypertension, heart diseases, cigarette smoking, spinal cord or nerve damage, substance abuse, low testosterone levels, medicines, stress, anxiety and depression.
What Can Help Treat Erectile Dysfunction in Men?
One of the most commonly prescribed medications for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in men is known as tadalafil 20 mg. It belongs to a class of drugs called PDE5 inhibitors. Tadalafil 20 mg goes by the brand name Cialis and it is approved by the US FDA.
Tadalafil 20 mg is actually much more favored than sildenafil and vardenafil, because it works faster and has only mild side effects as compared to the other two PDE5 inhibitors. Tadalafil 20 mg works in as little as 30 minutes after intake, and it can last up to 36 hours, which is why one only has to take it only once a day, and no more than that.
The recommended initial dose of tadalafil for most patients is about 10 mg, to be taken by mouth at approximately 1 hour prior to sexual contact. Depending on the individual’s tolerance and its efficacy, the dosage may be adjusted lower to 5 mg or higher to 20 mg. It can be taken with or without food.
Tadalafil 20 mg only gives out a few mild side effects to its users. The side effects that are common in those who took tadalafil 20 mg include indigestion, back pain, headache, facial flushing, muscle aches, and nasal congestion. No other serious side effects have been reported.