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How common are Erection Problems?

It is estimated that up to 5 million men in the UK suffer from Erection Problems (EPs).1 However this can happen at any age. There are several contributing factors to EPs, and it’s important to talk to men looking to buy Viagra Connect, so that you can correctly support them.

Erection problems are more common than you may think

Many men fail to get or keep an erection hard enough for sex.

Contributing lifestyle factors can include:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of sleep
  • Unhealthy diet
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Using recreational drugs

Causes of erection problems can include:

  • Physical – changes in the blood flow to the penis can result from cardiovascular disease, high cholesterol or diabetes, for example 
  • Psychological – e.g. depression, performance anxiety, work-related stress
  • A side effect of a medicine they are taking – e.g. antidepressants, diuretics.

It’s vital to capture whether other medications are being taken when completing the Pharmacy Checklist and refer customers with certain medical conditions to the pharmacist. 

Viagra Connect may be used by men aged 18 years and over who have difficulty getting or keeping an erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse. It may be an occasional occurrence or something that happens more frequently.

Sildenafil works to improve the blood flow in the penis. Sexual stimulation is needed for it to work.

  1. ONS 2019 UK population data & Kantar TNS 2010 - survey of 1,033 men - men reporting occasional & frequent difficulty getting/keeping an erection