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Can Caffeine Really Help With Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Can Caffeine Really Help With Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Think of treatments for erectile dysfunction and you’ll probably picture blue, diamond-shaped pills like Viagra or other ED medications such as Cialis.

While these are the best known  treatments for ED, there are also several natural alternatives that have been studied to see if they can reduce the impact and likelihood of erectile dysfunction without a trip to the doctor.

One such natural ED treatment can be found inside your morning cup of coffee. Caffeine, which is consumed on a daily basis by approximately 85% of adults, is linked to reduced instances of erectile dysfunction in men aged 20 and above.

Does this mean caffeine can replace sildenafil, tadalafil and other ED medications as a useful treatment for erectile dysfunction? Not quite. But it does potentially show positive results in preventing ED and could make for a simple, surprisingly effective addition to your general health routine.

Caffeine and Erectile Dysfunction: The Data

An interesting study published in PLOS ONE in 2015 investigated the role of caffeine in ED by analyzing 3,724 men aged 20 and above.

The men were asked a single question survey about ED, then polled on their eating habits over the last 24 hours to assess their caffeine intake.

The researchers found that men in the 3rd or 4th quintiles of caffeine intake were less likely to report ED than men in the lowest quintile -- a group largely made up of men that consumed no caffeine at all.

The 3rd and 4th quintile groups consisted of men that consumed 85-170mg and 171-303mg of caffeine per 24 hours. To put this in perspective, a single 12oz cup of brewed coffee has about 120mg of caffeine.

In short, drinking one or two cups of coffee per day could reduce the risk of experiencing ED, assuming you’re drinking regular strength coffee. However, it's important to note that this is very much a correlation does not equal causation type of situation.

How Does Caffeine Help Fight ED?

Right now, researchers aren’t completely sure why caffeine consumption is negatively correlated with erectile dysfunction. One theory is that caffeine causes the helicine arteries -- two essential arteries for achieving an erection -- to relax, improving blood flow and creating an erection.

Interestingly, caffeine does this while having many of the opposite side effects of common ED medication. Unlike sildenafil (Viagra) and tadalafil (Cialis), which are associated with a slight reduction in blood pressure in studies, caffeine tends to temporarily increase blood pressure.

Can Caffeine Replace ED Medication?

Right now, there’s no conclusive evidence showing that caffeine can act as a replacement for pharmaceutical ED treatments such as sildenafil, vardenafil and tadalafil.

In fact, there are very few studies on caffeine’s role in erections at all. As such, it’s best to view caffeine as a potentially mild aid for erection difficulties, but not as a potential replacement for any of the FDA approved, scientifically proven ED drugs on the market.

However, you shouldn’t fear coffee if you have ED. A shot of espresso or milky latte isn’t going to negatively affect your sexual performance, meaning there’s no reason to avoid your morning cup of coffee if you’re concerned about erectile dysfunction.

Important Safety Information

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

Do not take Sildenafil (sildenafil citrate) if you:

  • take any medicines called nitrates, often prescribed for chest pain, or guanylate cyclase stimulators like Adempas (riociguat) for pulmonary hypertension. Your blood pressure could drop to an unsafe level
  • are allergic to sildenafil, as contained in Sildenafil and REVATIO, or any of the ingredients in Sildenafil

    Discuss your health with your doctor to ensure that you are healthy enough for sex. If you experience chest pain, dizziness, or
nausea during sex, seek immediate medical help

    Sildenafil can cause serious side effects. Rarely reported side effects include:

  • an erection that will not go away (priapism). If you have an erection that lasts more than 4 hours, get medical help right away.
If it is not treated right away, priapism can permanently damage your penis
  • sudden vision loss in one or both eyes. Sudden vision loss in one or both eyes can be a sign of a serious eye problem called
non-arteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION). Stop taking Sildenafil and call your healthcare provider right away if you
have any sudden vision loss
  • sudden hearing decrease or hearing loss. Some people may also have ringing in their ears (tinnitus) or dizziness. If you have
these symptoms, stop taking Sildenafil and contact a doctor right away

    Before you take Sildenafil, tell your healthcare provider if you:

  • have or have had heart problems such as a heart attack,
irregular heartbeat, angina, chest pain, narrowing of the aortic valve, or heart failure
  • have had heart surgery within the last 6 months
  • have pulmonary hypertension
  • have had a stroke
  • have low blood pressure, or high blood pressure that
is not controlled
  • have a deformed penis shape
  • have had an erection that lasted for more than 4 hours
  • have problems with your blood cells such as sickle cell
anemia, multiple myeloma, or leukemia
  • have retinitis pigmentosa, a rare genetic (runs in families)
eye disease
  • have ever had severe vision loss, including an eye problem
called NAION
  • have bleeding problems
  • have or have had stomach ulcers
  • have liver problems
  • have kidney problems or are having kidney dialysis have any other medical conditions

    Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins,
and herbal supplements.

    Sildenafil may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect the way Sildenafil works, causing side effects.
Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take any of the following:

  • medicines called nitrates
  • medicines called guanylate cyclase stimulators such as Adempas (riociguat)
  • medicines called alpha-blockers such as Hytrin (terazosin
HCl), Flomax (tamsulosin HCl), Cardura (doxazosin
mesylate), Minipress (prazosin HCl), Uroxatral (alfuzosin HCl),
 Jalyn (dutasteride and tamsulosin HCl), or Rapaflo (silodosin).
Alpha-blockers are sometimes prescribed for prostate
problems or high blood pressure. In some patients, the use
of Sildenafil with alpha-blockers can lead to a drop in blood pressure or to fainting
  • medicines called HIV protease inhibitors, such as ritonavir (Norvir), indinavir sulfate (Crixivan), saquinavir (Fortovase or Invirase), or atazanavir sulfate (Reyataz)
  • some types of oral antifungal medicines, such as
 ketoconazole (Nizoral) and itraconazole (Sporanox)
  • some types of antibiotics, such as clarithromycin (Biaxin),
telithromycin (Ketek), or erythromycin
  • other medicines that treat high blood pressure
  • other medicines or treatments for ED
  • Sildenafil contains sildenafil, which is the same medicine found
in another drug called REVATIO. REVATIO is used to treat a
rare disease called pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH).
 Sildenafil should not be used with REVATIO or with other PAH
treatments containing sildenafil or any other PDE5 inhibitors
(such as Adcirca tadalafil)

    Sildenafil does not protect against sexually transmitted diseases, including HIV.

    The most common side effects of Sildenafil: headache; flushing; upset stomach; abnormal vision, such as changes in color vision
(such as having a blue color tinge) and blurred vision; stuffy or runny nose; back pain; muscle pain; nausea; dizziness; rash.

    H2 INDICATION

    Sildenafil (sildenafil citrate) is prescription medicine used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

    Sildenafil is not for women or children.