Enhance your Sex Life

So, you’ve been to your primary health care practitioner and have been given a clean bill of health. There are no underlying and untreated physical illnesses or conditions like high blood pressure, hormone imbalance, or diabetes at work.


What do you do next?

After you’ve begun making healthy lifestyles changes to increase overall health for optimal sexual health performance, it may be time to consider other options.

Prescription Options

Many medications and supplements exist for the treatment of erectile dysfunction and can give you and your partner back the sexual fulfillment you both previously enjoyed.

Treatment options can depend on your age or overall health status in addition to the source of your erectile difficulties. Whether you opt for prescription medication, supplements, injections, surgeries, or tools like the penis pump, there is a right solution specifically for you out there and waiting.

Current prescription options on the market generally surround five drugs which work by increasing blood flow to the penis. This type of medication can have side effects or should not be used by individuals with certain health conditions so it’s important to speak to your doctor and follow dosing instructions and warnings carefully. New treatments are in the development and testing stages which will provide additional options to those who are unable to take the standard oral prescriptions or have less side effects.

In Development or Testing

One such medication is currently on the market in Europe but is on hold for further testing in North America before it can be released. It works through the stimulation of dopamine, a brain chemical, which increases sexual sensations and interest and is a dissolvable tablet which is slid under your tongue. Other options currently being studied range from gene therapy to creams to melanocortin activators which will be delivered through a nose spray and affect the central nervous system.

natural-supplementsNatural Supplements

If prescriptions are not up your alley, plenty of natural supplements and remedies have been deemed effective and safe for treating erectile dysfunction.

Panax Ginseng, or Red Ginseng, has been studied for use in treating erectile dysfunction. This herb should be used for short periods as it can have complications with longer use. The most common side effect is insomnia and this herbal product can interact negatively with alcohol or medications so speak to your pharmacist or health care provider before using it.


Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone which is naturally produced by the body but can be made into supplement form through the use of wild yam or soy. This supplement was found effective except in cases where erectile dysfunction existed due to diabetic or other nerve disorders. Side effects generally were upset stomach, acne, or hair loss.


L-arginine, or arginine, is found in meat and dairy products but can be created in a lab. It works by expanding blood vessels so has a similar action to prescription erectile dysfunction medications. Side effects include nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or stomach cramps. This supplement should not be taken by anyone using a prescription erectile dysfunction medication or anyone taking nitrates or high blood pressure medicines.


Before taking any new medication or supplement, it is important to consult with your health care provider or pharmacist to ensure it doesn’t interact with any medications you may be taking. You may also have a health condition which could be worsened by taking medications or supplements without consulting your physician. With so many prescription, supplement, surgical, and lifestyle changes available, there is no need to frustrated by erectile difficulties. Make an appointment with your doctor and discuss any difficulties you may be experiencing with getting or maintaining an erection and discuss your options thoroughly. Your doctor can tell you which prescription, supplement, or lifestyle change will have the best effects for your particular issue and health concerns.

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