The Connection between ED & Age
There are dozens of psychological and physical risk factors that increase your chance of experiencing erectile dysfunction. Sexual dysfunction is associated with older men, but ED is not a normal part of aging. Just because you age does not mean you cannot have a satisfying sex life.
If you are an older man and notice ED symptoms, you may want to meet your doctor. Millions of men experience ED every year, so there is no reason to be nervous about discussing your sexual health with your primary physician. You are more likely to experience ED if you have diabetes or cardiovascular diseases. If you do not have those conditions, your ED symptoms may be related to testosterone levels. 1
Testosterone is the male sex hormone responsible for sex drive and male sexual characteristics. This hormone naturally decreases over time, and a lack of testosterone can cause ED. In this case, your doctor will recommend erectile dysfunction treatment. Read on to learn other helpful tips on battling erectile dysfunction as you age.
ED Medications & Older Age
Sildenafil and tadalafil are approved for use in men over 18 years old. These medications vary in dosages and have differing activation times. You can take both medications as needed (at least 30 minutes before sexual activity). If you are an older man and have symptoms of BPH (benign prostatic hyperplasia), you may be prescribed Cialis for daily use. Tadalafil is approved for symptoms of ED and an enlarged prostate.
Men without BPH may prefer taking daily doses of Cialis, so they do not have to plan their ED treatment before sexual activity. If you struggle with remembering a daily dose, as-needed Viagra may be a better option for you.
Both medications are PDE5 inhibitors (phosphodiesterase type-5), which block the PDE5 enzymes that regulate the effect of hormones. These drugs also increase nitric oxide, allowing the penile muscles to relax. Once these muscles are relaxed, blood can easily enter the penis. 2