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Natural Viagra: Herbal & Other Alternatives to Treat ED

Kristin Hall, FNP
Medically reviewed by Kristin Hall, FNP Written by Our Editorial Team Last updated 5/19/2021

No one wants to experience erectile dysfunction. As a matter of fact, it can feel pretty damned embarrassing — even depressing. 

But it isn’t uncommon, and you don’t have to suffer through it. 

There are numerous possible solutions and treatments available to help men regain their sexual health. 

Medications like Viagra® are just one option. For men interested in non-prescription solutions, there are other natural alternatives for the treatment of erectile dysfunction

Though, it’s worth noting that the jury is largely out on just how effective these might be.

Erectile Dysfunction 101

As many as 30 million men are affected by erectile dysfunction, also known as ED, sexual dysfunction or impotence. It’s not a unique problem. 

ED is characterized by the inability to perform sexually due to trouble getting or keeping an erection.

Some men who suffer from ED may only sometimes have issues with sexual performance, or may be able to get an erection and simply not have it last long enough. Some men with ED can’t get an erection at all.

When a man is aroused, the release of nitric oxide and resulting chemical reactions cause blood to rush to the penis, where it is held. This trapped blood in the spongy tissue of the corpus cavernosum is what causes a firm erection. 

Once orgasm is reached, the blood is released back into circulation and the penis softens. 

Any number of things can cause ED, including circulatory problems that may inhibit blood flow, diabetes, injury, nerve problems, cancer treatment, and certain types of drugs. 

And some things can put you at a greater risk of suffering from ED, including age, high blood pressure, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol, drug use, alcohol use, obesity and being sedentary.

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This article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice. The information contained herein is not a substitute for and should never be relied upon for professional medical advice. Always talk to your doctor about the risks and benefits of any treatment.