Dietary supplements for erectile dysfunction: A natural treatment for ED?

Some herbs claim to help erectile dysfunction. Find out the facts before trying one.

By Mayo Clinic Staff

Erectile dysfunction — the inability to get and keep an erection firm enough for sex — is a common problem. You’ve likely seen advertisements for erectile dysfunction herbs or supplements to “increase your sexual performance.” Could they work for you?

Erectile dysfunction supplements and other natural remedies have long been used in Chinese, African and other cultures. But unlike prescription medications for erectile dysfunction, such as sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn), tadalafil (Cialis, Adcirca) and avanafil (Stendra), erectile dysfunction herbs and supplements haven’t been well-studied or tested. Some can cause side effects or interact with other medications. And the amount of the active ingredient can vary greatly from product to product.

Here’s a guide to erectile dysfunction herbs and supplements:

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