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There are various ways to tackle impotence

However, for other men their issues could be a result of medical treatments that they are taking, as some medicines have side effects which can have a negative impact on the libido and inhibit a man's ability to achieve an erection.

There are also psychological factors to consider, as depression, stress and anxiety can all play a part in causing erectile dysfunction - as well as relationship problems, a lack of sexual knowledge and past sexual problems.

Another thing worth remembering is that excessive alcohol intake, tiredness and illegal drugs can prevent a man from achieving or maintaining an erection too.

But if you do have a problem, the good news is that there are treatments for erectile dysfunction that have been proven to solve the issue, and the course of action that is best for you will depend on what is causing your condition.

For men who are struggling with erections as a result of diabetes or heart disease, once a doctor has prescribed you with suitable medication for your complaint they will then be able to tackle any erection problems.

Yet it's important to note that the solution to your condition may not always lie with your GP, as lifestyle changes can have a beneficial impact in increasing your ability to maintain an erection.

Obesity can be a cause of erectile dysfunction, so losing weight can be an effective tactic in resolving the issue, while giving up smoking is a good idea too as it will increase the ease with which blood flows through your body.

Exercising regularly, reducing stress and moderating your alcohol consumption can also be successful, as this can tackle some of the root causes of erection problems, namely the likes of anxiety and being overweight.

But if you still find yourself struggling with erectile dysfunction, it could be that your best course of action is to use Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors, as these are formulated to increase blood flow to the penis.

There are three types of PDE-5 inhibitors available in England - sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil, which are sold under the brand names of Viagra, Cialis and Levitra respectively.

These each work in their own way and last for varying periods of time, so deciding which one to use will depend on your circumstances.

However, some people should employ caution when using these treatments if they have a cardiovascular disease, so it's important to ask your GP if taking such products is a good idea.

What's more, if you're using recreational drugs or medicines that contain nitrates then you should not take PDE-5 inhibitors as the combination of the two substances can have a dangerous effect on your heart.

By considering the treatments available, it's possible to find the one that is best suited to tackling your issues with erectile dysfunction.