Erectile dysfunction is a condition that affects upwards of 18 million men in America every single year.There are many misconceptions surrounding erectile dysfunction. One misconception is that this condition is something that only happens to old men. It is understandable why some people make this assumption, as it is commonly known that testosterone, the driving force behind male libido, decreases in production as men get older. It is important to note, though, that low levels of testosterone are not the only cause of erectile dysfunction. Another common misconception made by those not well-informed on the condition is that Viagra is the only medication. This simply is not the case. While it is true that it was the first one on the market, Cialis soon followed.
How is Cialis Different?
Cialis differs from other erectile dysfunction medication in a couple of ways. One difference is that it is the chemical compound Tadalafil. Tadalafil first came on the market in 2003 as Cialis when it was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration as a successful treatment for erectile dysfunction. The first research for this drug came about in the early 90’s at a biotechnology laboratory by the name of ICOS. They began studying this compound known as IC351. When they found that this compound could also cure erectile dysfunction they sought a patent to begin the development process. They secured this in 1994 and for the next eight years they worked tirelessly on bringing Tadalafil to the market.
During their research they discovered what would become the main difference between Cialis and the competition. The half-life of the drug was found to be 17.5 hours, which means that its effects last up to 36 hours. This was groundbreaking for erectile dysfunction treatment because all of the other alternatives only last for around four hours. This meant that men no longer had to plan their sexual activity around a pill.
Imagine expecting your partner home and planning a romantic evening that you plan to end with a passionate love making session. You have everything set and pop your erectile dysfunction medication to ensure you are ready when your partner gets home. You then hear the phone ring and it is your partner telling you that she got tied up at work and will be a few hours late. Since the medication only lasts four hours, you may find that by the time she gets home the medication may not work. This could leave both parties feeling unhappy and unsatisfied.Since Cialis lasts for up to 36 hours, these types of scheduling conflicts are virtually eliminated. In the early 2000’s Cialis in a low dose was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for daily use. Many men find this option more appealing because it gives them the closest thing to a normal sex life. Using the competition’s medication may have a psychological effect of constantly reminding men of their inadequacy since it must be taken so close to sexual activity. Also, having to plan for sex may take out the excitement of the occasion for people who love to be spontaneous. Cialis allows for a more natural sex life by allowing a man to be ready for a sexual encounter at any time. Taking one daily dose in the morning is so easy that most men forget they are even on an erectile dysfunction medication. This is actually important for the effectiveness of the drug because being relaxed and confident during sex is also important for proper blood flow to the penis. If you are tense and nervous, your blood cells tend to constrict and will decrease blood flow to the area. Even with medication, this sexual stage fright can make getting an erection almost impossible.
While Cialis is chemically different from the competition, it does produce some of the same side effects. Headaches are a common reported side effect. It is important that you alter your diet to be more nutritionally sound if you want to avoid these headaches. Usually they can be avoided by making sure you are properly hydrated throughout the day. Feeling nauseous is also another common but minor side effect. This is not a problem unique to Cialis, as many medications have a tendency to cause an unsettled stomach. The best preventative measure you can take is making sure you take your medication on a full stomach, even if it is just a light snack such as a few pieces of bread or some crackers. Some people also have reported blurry vision, although this is in a very small sample size.
All in all, Cialis is a great alternative medication for erectile dysfunction because it is long-lasting. By taking this medication, you will be ready for sex whenever the occasion arises, which will make you forget that you have a problem in the first place.
There are a few lifestyle changes that you can make to help you defeat erectile dysfunction for good. Firstly, you should try to quit any addictions you have. This includes tobacco, alcohol, and illegal drug issues. Seek out treatment for your alcohol and drug issues. Ask your doctor about smoking cessation medications, or nicotine replacement options. If you are obese, you should try to lose weight. If you are obese, you should try to lose weight. Do this by getting regular excise, which can help to lose weight and increase blood flow. Also, improve your overall diet.
Next, you may need to make some serious relationship changes with your current sexual partner. Even though this order may seem a tall one, it is not impossible. Talk to your partner about your issues, and keep your lines of communication open to one another. Encourage each other and do not put so much emphasis on the sexual aspects of your relationship for a while. You may even want to stop having sex for a bit while medical treatment is sought after, or counseling is obtained. If needed, you may want to enroll in couples counseling or marriage counseling to help work through your issues and improve communication.Try Alternative Medicine or Supplements
Lastly, you may want to try alternative medicine or dietary supplements to help your fight your erectile dysfunction. Try making an appointment with an acupuncturist, as they may be able to help. Then, seek out supplements such as Korean red ginseng, L-arginine, or DHEA. You may also want to add the herbs Rhodiolarosae and tongatali, to your diet. Think about possible using penis pumps in your home, as well, if available to you. These can also help to increase blood flow in order for you to get or maintain an erection. There may be other treatments, as well, that can be used at home.
It’s important to first understand that ED is not simply a problem that only occurs once in a great while, or only during moments of extreme physical and/or emotional stress. ED is a chronic condition.
This is one of the first things that can help a person come to grips with whether or not they may have erectile dysfunction. Researching the subject isn’t really necessary, but it can help you to decide whether or not you would like to make an appointment with a doctor for tests and treatment. One of the first things you may find is worth looking into is the anatomy of an erection. How an erection is achieved can then help you to understand how erectile dysfunction occurs.
The Penis, Erections, and ED
In order to understand ED, it may help to understand the functionality of the penis, and what ED can do to that functionality:
- A penis has three chambers.
- Each chamber is surrounded by an elastic chamber known as a tunica albuginea.
- Each chamber inside the penis contains a spongy tissue that is actually more of a smooth muscle that also contains fibrous tissues, veins, arteries, and spaces.
- During the flaccid state, the arteries are small, the spaces collapsed, and the small amounts of blood that go in leave through the veins.
- An erection occurs during mental and physical excitement. The brain and nerves create impulses that allow the nerve endings in the penis to release nitric oxide. The smooth muscles relax, the spaces open, and blood is able to flow in and out of them. This blood creates pressure that causes the penis to expand, and the erection is achieved when the spongy tissue is completely full of blood.
- The tunica albuginea traps the blood by compressing veins. This allows the erection to be sustained.
- An erection created by sexual arousal occurs during a complicated interaction between nerves and blood vessels.
Erectile dysfunction occurs when anything disrupts the sequence of events that create and maintain an erection. The underlying causes of this disruption can be a number of different things.