You’ve seen those erectile dysfunction pills ads on TV and online—even former Bears coach Mike Ditka barks at you to “get back in the game” in a Levitra commercial.
Erection issues are plenty common, even in guys who aren’t as old as the famous Viagra pitchman, former senator Bob Dole. Seven percent of 18- to 29-year-old men and 9 percent of 30- to 39-year-olds are unable to achieve orgasm, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
But is a pill the answer for you?
The class of drugs that Levitra, Viagra, Stendra, and Cialis belong to are called PDE5 inhibitors. They work by relaxing tight blood vessels, allowing more blood to surge into the penis and cause an erection, says Gregory Bales, M.D., an associate professor of urology at the University of Chicago.
The little pills do the trick for more than two-thirds of men with erectile dysfunction (ED). They also work for guys who simply need them for a short time to get their “confidence back,” says Michael Eisenberg, M.D., director of male reproductive medicine and surgery at Stanford University.