‘It’s undeniable that the placebo effect explains much of the success of these supplements.’

Natural Viagra: Everything You Need to Know

Struggling to maintain an erection? Don’t panic. It’s perfectly normal to experience fluctuations in the stiffy department every now and then. However, if your staying power is starting to interfere with your sex life on the regular, it’s worth getting checked out.

Recent stats show that as many as one in five men experience some form of erectile dysfunction at one time or another. The good news is it’s perfectly common, you are not alone, and there are plenty of things you can do to fix it before you quit the dating scene to join a monastery.

What is erectile dysfunction?

Before we get started, it’s worth getting to grips with what’s really going on down there. ‘Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the difficulty of getting or maintaining an erection for long enough to have penetrative sex,’ says Dr Mafe Peraza Godoy, Co-Founder and Head of Sexual Medicine at Healthy Pleasure Group. ‘It can happen from a variety of biological, medical and psychological reasons.’

But an occasional rebellious penis is usually nothing to worry about, and isolated incidents are not classed as erectile dysfunction. ‘It is only labelled ED when it has occurred for at least three months and happens at least half of the time a man tries to get an erection,’ explains Dr Mafe.

What causes erectile dysfunction?

According to Dr Mafe, there are many common reasons for erectile dysfunction, ‘from alterations of the blood flow due to heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, being overweight or habits such as alcohol use,’ she says. ‘In the end anything that carries a risk factor that compromises the functionality of the blood vessels can be a cause of ED.’

It can also have a psychological origin, so Dr Mafe advises that any long-term usage to treat ED should be accompanied by psychological and emotional support. ‘Erectile dysfunction rarely comes without an anxiety or stress-related component that either causes or accompanies it,’ she says. ‘There is no case of ED that is purely biological, there is always a reactive psycho-emotional component that can either cause or maintain the dysfunction over time.’

What is natural Viagra?

Natural Viagra is the term used to describe any naturally derived product that claims to treat male sexual function problems. (You can also buy the real thing in the form of Viagra Connect from your local pharmacy).

Anecdotally certain herbal supplements have shown to be successful for some men, but it pays to do your research before you start popping pills willy-nilly. If you occasionally struggle to maintain a hard-on then a supplement might do the trick. But if you experience persistent erection struggles, then your first port of call should be your GP.

‘It’s undeniable that the placebo effect explains much of the success of these supplements.’

‘The supplements to treat erectile dysfunction do not appear in any medical guidelines,’ warns Dr Mafe. ‘However, there are some studies that show certain botanical products and other amino acid-type supplements are approved to treat ED. It’s also undeniable that the placebo effect explains much of the success of these supplements. But you should always take precautions and seek specialist supervision.’

9 Natural Viagra Alternatives To Try

So now you know the official line, if you’re still keen to try the supplement route, there are some Viagra alternatives that might serve to improve and strengthen your erections. But as mentioned above, if you have serious concerns then you should seek medical advice before you proceed.