Are you aware the erectile dysfunction can affect man of any ages? Even as young as 18 years old, ED symptoms can start manifesting. Indeed this condition is a threat to a man’s sexual life. Not only it can ruin relationships, but also a man’s overall self-esteem and pride. Your manhood is one of the most sensitive organs in your body, and most of the time it serves as an indicator of your health. Although there are no accurate information about the causes of ED (yes, even the healthiest man can have ED), often times this sexual problem can be triggered with vices such as smoking and drinking, stress, medical conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes, as well as the medication you are taking. Not being able to perform in bed can be a life-changer for any man, and can bury them further into depression. This is why scientists have developed drugs called the PDE5 inhibitors.
What Are PDE5 Inhibitors?
If you have been taking Viagra and other ED pills, then you must have heard about PDE5 inhibitors as well. This is because before your doctor can prescribe you this drug, he has to explain to you its indications and side effects.
PDE5 inhibitors, from its name alone, is a drug that acts by inhibiting PDE5 enzymes from causing to suffer ED. What are PDE5 enzymes? These are hormones produced in the male body. Generally, a man’s body signals its brain to release certain hormones as soon as he feels sexual excitement. These hormones begin to produce a chemical chain of reactions that enable the blood vessels to expand and collapse, thereby accumulating enough blood supply to the penis. With enough blood, the penis would be able to get an erection. This process goes on until a man finally feels satisfaction during a sexual activity, therefore, the chemical chain of reaction stops and the penis gets back to its normal size and state. However, the PDE5 enzymes we have mentioned earlier can interrupt with this normal process, leading to a permanent sexual condition known as impotence or erectile dysfunction (ED).
What PDE5 inhibitors do is to stop these enzymes from interfering with the process. Thus, you still need those good hormones to get erection and therefore cannot be attained alone with PDE5 inhibitors – you yourself must be stimulated.
Often times, PDE5 inhibitors are only good for a certain period of time that is why when you take this drug, your sexual activities must be planned. Some drugs can last for up to 6 hours while another drug can offer you up to 36 hours. However, these drugs do have their pros and cons, so make sure you choose the one that suits your needs.
Who Can Take PDE5 Inhibitors?
PDE5 inhibitors are for men’s use only. Women and children are not allowed to take this drug. Moreover, you should only use PDE5 inhibitors if you are positively diagnosed with ED. Some men might temporarily experience erection failure but does not generally last, while ED is permanent. If you are not sure about your condition, you are advised to have yourself checked by a physician.