The Most Common Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

Experiencing erection problems? Whether you’re 25 or 60+ years old, you’re certainly not alone.

About 20 million American men are affected by erectile dysfunction, or ED. Interestingly, while ED is often thought of as a condition that affects middle aged and older men, around a quarter of all men under 40 experience ED on a regular basis.

Luckily, a range of treatments are available to treat the effects of ED and help you develop and maintain an erection without any problems.

The three most popular erectile dysfunction treatments on the market are sildenafil, vardenafil and tadalafil. These are most commonly sold under the brand names Viagra, Levitra and Cialis.

There are also some less common ED drugs out there, such as avanafil. However, since these treatments are newer and aren’t as widely used or prescribed as the “big three,” they aren’t on our list.

All three erectile dysfunction treatments provide the same key benefit — better blood flow to the penis and fewer difficulties developing an erection. However, they also have some differences, ranging from shorter or longer half-lives to slightly different side effect profiles.

Below, we’ve compared sildenafil, vardenafil and tadalafil to give you a better understanding of the most popular ED treatments available today.

Sildenafil (Viagra)

Sildenafil, better known by the brand name Viagra, is one of the most common and widely used erectile dysfunction treatments available today.

Originally developed as a treatment for high blood pressure, sildenafil was approved as an ED drug in the late 1990s. From its introduction until 2007, Viagra was by far the most widely used erectile dysfunction drug on the market, accounting for 92% of global sales in 2000.

While sildenafil isn’t quite as dominant as it once was, it’s still by far the most popular treatment for ED.

Sildenafil works by increasing blood flow to the spongy tissue of the penis, making it easier to achieve an erection. It usually works within 30 to 60 minutes of consumption and lasts for three to five hours, depending on the person.

The potential side effects of sildenafil are the same as most other ED drugs — headaches, nasal obstruction, flushed skin and heartburn. Most of the time, the side effects from sildenafil stop in three to five hours as the drug stops being effective as an ED treatment.

Sildenafil can also potentially lead to more serious side effects, particularly in people with heart conditions or those who take other prescription medication. Because of this, it’s important to talk to an experienced, qualified doctor before using sildenafil.

Sildenafil comes in a variety of doses, ranging from 20mg to 100mg. Higher doses are typically used to treat more serious cases of erectile dysfunction for people that don’t respond to the 20 or 50mg tablets.

All in all, sildenafil is popular for a reason — it works. For most men, sildenafil makes it easier to develop and maintain an erection and acts as a reliable, safe treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Tadalafil (Cialis)

Developed in the 1990s and approved by the FDA in 2003, tadalafil is a longer-lasting ED drug that provides similar effects to sildenafil.

Tadalafil is better known by the brand name Cialis. With a 17.5 hour half life, tadalafil remains active for up to 36 hours after it’s taken, making it the longest acting of the erectile dysfunction drugs available today.

To put this in perspective, a typical dose of sildenafil lasts for about three to five hours, meaning you’d need to take multiple doses over a long period to get the same results as a single dose of tadalafil.

Tadalafil also starts working slightly faster than other ED medications. Compared to sildenafil, which can take up to an hour to start working, tadalafil usually becomes effective in about 30 minutes.

The side effects of tadalafil are similar to sildenafil, with headache, stuffy nose, heartburn and facial flushing the most common. Tadalafil can also cause muscle aches and back pain, which are usually a result of the drug’s vasodilation effect.

For most people, the biggest advantage of tadalafil over sildenafil is its longer half life. A single dose of tadalafil usually lasts for most of a weekend, eliminating the need to take the pill directly before sexual activity.

Compared to sildenafil, the typical dosages of tadalafil are lower. The normal starting dose is 10mg taken before sexual activity, with doses of 20mg and 5mg also used depending on the way people respond to treatment.

Vardenafil (Levitra)

Vardenafil is another ED drug that works similarly to sildenafil and tadalafil. Like tadalafil, it was introduced in the early 2000s as an alternative to sildenafil with a slightly longer half life, making it a longer lasting ED treatment.

The most common brand name for vardenafil is Levitra. Like sildenafil and tadalafil, vardenafil is available as a prescription medication in most countries.

Compared to sildenafil, which lasts for three to five hours, vardenafil usually lasts for five to eight hours, after which it remains active in the body but doesn’t provide as strong an effect . A normal dose of vardenafil takes action in about one hour.

On a per-milligram basis, vardenafil is significantly stronger than sildenafil and is usually used at a lower dose. The normal starting dose of vardenafil is 10mg, with tablets available in 2.5, 5, 10 and 20mg dosages.

The side effects of vardenafil are similar to other ED medications. The most commonly reported side effects include facial flush, headaches, stuffy nose and heartburn. Like other ED drugs, it’s also linked to more serious side effects in people with pre-existing heart conditions.

Because of this, it’s important to talk to a doctor before considering vardenafil or any other ED treatment.

Which ED Treatment is Best For You?

All three of the ED treatments listed above — sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil — are widely used and scientifically proven to treat ED. The main differences between each drug are the amount of time it takes to become effective and the total amount of time it lasts in the body.

Ultimately, the best ED drug for you depends on your needs. If you’re interested in treating ED but don’t know which drug is the best choice, you should speak to an experienced ED doctor to learn more about the potential benefits and side effects of each treatment option.

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Sponsored Post: An Alternative To Giving Up Smoking


If you’re one of the many people who has tried and failed to give up smoking, then fear not, you are not alone. There are millions of people like you in the world. They would love to give up their smoking habit, but no matter how many attempts they make at doing so, it never quite happens.

There’s often a lot of guilt and stress associated with failure, but with smoking, one of the best ways to relieve those feelings is to light a cigarette, take a drag and only then do you start to feel more relaxed. No-one is perfect, some people manage to quit and others don’t.

However, there is now a pretty good alternative to smoking, where you still get the nicotine hit that your body is craving, but with less of the harmful toxins that you’ll find in traditional cigarettes. Yes, we’re talking about e-cigarettes.

These were regarded as novelty items a few years ago, as they were really expensive to buy and seemed a little gimmicky. However, the price for e-cigarettes has really dropped in the last couple of years and you can now get starter kits for around £25 or $50. And of course, they’ll work out a lot cheaper than traditional cigarettes as once you have the kit, you only need to buy refill cartridges and if you buy in bulk, they become cheaper still.

You can also mix it up a little by buying different flavor cartridges and there are now nicotine free cartridges, so you get all the habits of smoking with no downside at all.

Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine but none of the harmful toxins you’ll find in traditional tobacco cigarettes, like tar and carbon monoxide. You don’t get any cash, or yellow staining of teeth, fingers, and clothes. Perhaps most importantly, there isn’t any smoke as the e-cigarette only emits a vapor when the nicotine enters the atomizing chamber inside the unit. So there’s no second-hand smoke for your friends and family while you ‘smoke’ an e-cig.

Every manufacturer will try to convince you that theirs is the best electronic cigarette on the market, but really there is little to choose between the different brands. For people who can’t give up smoking, the e-cigs now available certainly offer an alternative that’s worth trying out.

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What is a Holistic Health Coach?


Over the last few weeks, I’ve been asked by friends, family, and acquaintances what Holistic Health Coaching is all about. In case you were wondering too, I’ve compiled a list of FAQ to keep you in the know….

What is a Holistic Health Coach?

To put it simply, a Holistic Health Coach supports individuals around issues and challenges related to diet and lifestyle. The topics covered in the sessions will depend on the individual and their needs and personal goals. It could be anything from giving up sugar, losing weight, increasing energy, decreasing stress or correcting digestive issues.

Why is it called “Holistic Health Coaching”?

The Institute of Integrative Nutrition teaches us to look at a person as a whole and to consider all aspects of a person’s life – not purely just what they eating. By not addressing a stressful work environment, toxic relationships, a poor exercise regime or lack of down time you may completely miss the issue which is most affecting your client.

Where are you studying?

At the Institute of Integrative Nutrition, it’s the largest nutrition school in the world and has some incredible teachers the likes of Deepak Chopra, David Wolfe, and Joshua Rosenthal.

What happens in the Holistic Health Coaching sessions?

I meet with my VIP clients every 2 weeks for 1 hour over a 6 month period. The program is completely structured yet based on the specific individual needs. Included in the sessions are handouts, recommendations, weekly accountability and special gifts to get you closer to your goal!

Find out more here.

What is the difference between a Health Coach, Nutritionist or Dietitian?

Dietitians and Nutritionists receive more training than Health Coaches and therefore can work with people who are suffering from serious medical conditions. Holistic Health Coaches generally work with people who have less serious health concerns such as weight gain, digestion issues, acne, poor sleep, stress, low energy levels or caffeine or junk food addictions.

Do you have any questions about Holistic Health Coaching? Leave a comment and I’ll do my best to answer it for you.


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A close up with Connie Chapman


Today I am SO excited to share with you an interview with the gorgeous Connie Chapman from Connie will be speaking at our Next Live Aspire Blog event on the 21st April along with the lovely Alison Morgan from The Relauncher. Have you got your tickets yet? The Early Bird Tickets end on Monday so get in quick!

Meet Connie!

I am a life coach, writer, and newbie entrepreneur. I offer 1:1 coaching services which are designed to empower women to follow their heart, do what they love and carve out their dream life.

I am the creator of – an inspiring online space for women who want to live happy, fulfilling, and magical lives. I am also the author of the e-book, The 12 Step Dream Creator Guide, and I am the creator of The 90 Day Transformation Project.

Over the next few months, I am also looking at expanding the range of services I offer to include group coaching programs and workshops for women living in Sydney.

I have been a personal development junkie for years – I began meditating and reading self-help books when I was 18 years old. I always loved this work, but it wasn’t until a few years ago that I really started believing I could turn it into a business.

One day I decided to start a blog so that I could share all of the amazing information I was learning and the experiences I was having. It was called a life of perfect days, and I wrote on this blog for 3 years. I attracted a following of thousands of readers from all over the world, and I would constantly have people emailing me asking for advice and help.

I knew I loved sharing messages of positivity, inspiration, and happiness and I began to realize that I may be able to get paid for it! So, in 2011 I began my training to become a life coach.

My biggest challenge has been myself! Along with this journey, I have had to overcome a lot of self-doubt and fear.

Over the years I have developed quite an extensive tool kit of practices to help me with this, but one of the most important things I did was receive coaching myself. I use meditation, journaling, affirmations, and visualization, but without the support of my amazing coaches and mentors, I am not sure I would be where I am today.

I eat a lot of greens! They are my favorite foods on the planet. I love fresh pressed juices, and green smoothies and I find they make my skin glow. I have also eliminated quite a few things from my diet that does not support me including sugar, dairy, gluten, and soy.

I have been amazed at how quickly my business has grown, so at the moment I am really just staying open to whatever opportunities present themselves to me!

In saying that there are a few key things I would love to achieve. Writing a book is a big one for me, as is being able to travel the world running workshops and speaking.

Over the next 5 years, I want to continue to grow my business and empower as many women as I can, while also ensuring my business supports me to have a nourishing and balanced lifestyle.

Don’t forget to grab your tickets to Live Aspire Blog! Click here to secure your spot.

Lots of love,

Posted in Interviews, Personal Development

5 things I’m loving at the moment


My husband

This year was our first Valentine’s Day being married, plus it’s the first year we went out to dinner for Valentine’s Day!

Our anniversary is on the 17th February so we’re always done something big for our anniversary and kept Valentine’s Day pretty quiet….

But now since our wedding anniversary is in September, there’s really no excuse not to do something for Valentine’s Day. Don’t you agree?!

Europe in a Box

My blogging friend Cyndie from Mademoiselle Slimalicious has just launched a new business. Packed with delicious authentic treats, educational, cultural and culinary information, Europe in a Box brings new flavors directly to your doorstep. Highlighting several European culinary destinations each month, the subscription service provides an ever-changing mix of hand-picked gourmet foods and drinks.

Becoming a member of Europe in a Box is a way to discover great food for a great cause: a percentage of each sale from Europe in a Box is donated to All Together Now, the only national charity in Australia that is dedicated to tackling racism issues. For more information about Europe in a Box click here.

Glass Straws

B-School Babe Monique sent me one of her glass straws to try and I can’t get enough of it. I drink smoothies every morning for breakfast and I hate to use plastic straws (such a waste and bad for the environment), so Glass Straws are the perfect alternative! They come in all different shapes and sizes, click here for more information.

Smoothie Recipe


Maca powder

Raw cacao powder

Flaxseed oil

Self Love

Another friend who I met through B-School, Michelle from Sacred Self is hosting an event on Self Love in March. Melissa Ambrosini and Nadine Fawell are also speaking and all attendees will receive gorgeous gifts from Sacred Self and the other beautiful sponsors.

Getting enough Vitamin D

A revolutionary Australian-designed device provides a personalized alert when you’ve had sufficient exposure to harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun, and when you’ve had enough sun for your dose of vitamin D – taking into account your skin type, previous exposure, and unprotected skin.

My skin is relatively pale skin and I’m always a little unsure of how much sun I should be getting, this device takes away all the guess work!

What are you loving at the moment?

Love you lots!

Posted in Thankful Thursdays