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Blood vessel diagram showing healthy vessels and hemophilia vessels.

ED Is More Common in Men with Hemophilia: Viagra May Help

The incidence of erectile dysfunction is higher among men with hemophilia than in the general population. It’s been theorized that the medications used to treat this bleeding disorder might be largely to blame.

Men with the bleeding disorder hemophilia face a higher risk of sexual dysfunction, especially erectile dysfunction, than the general population, according to the findings from a survey of men with hemophilia.

While relatively small in scale, the survey, conducted by the University of California San Francisco Hemophilia Treatment Center, found that 40 percent of respondents reported significant negative effects on their sex lives. These findings are similar to the results of a recent Canadian study that found a high incidence of ED among older men with hemophilia.

What Canadian Study Found

The Canadian study, published in the March 2019 issue of Haemophilia, found that 38.6 percent of the 46 hemophiliac study participants were experiencing symptoms of ED.

Sometimes referred to as “the royal disease,” hemophilia is a condition in which the ability of an individual’s blood to clot normally puts them at risk of uncontrolled bleeding from even a minor mishap. The disorder gets the “royal” label because it was widely diagnosed within the royal families of Britain, Germany, Russia, and Spain during the 19th and 20th centuries.

Could Be Medications

Although the precise relationship of hemophilia and ED or sexual dysfunction in general is not yet fully understood, the clotting disorder itself does not appear to be the culprit. An article posted at StepsForLiving.hemophilia.org suggests that it may be the medications taken to treat hemophilia that are most at fault. Some of those drugs tend to lower blood levels of testosterone, which in turn lowers sexual desire and thus the need for an erection.

Other factors that might account for a higher incidence of ED among hemophiliacs are chronic joint and muscle pain, anxiety, and depression. These are all conditions that are hardly compatible with an active sex life. To deal with the psychological side effects of hemophilia or any such disorder, it might be necessary to seek psychological counseling.

ED Drugs Can Help: How to Get Them

On the upside, Viagra, Cialis, and other erectile dysfunction medications can help hemophiliacs and other men with ED to again enjoy sexual activity. These drugs can’t cure ED, but they do offer a window of time — ranging from four to 36 hours — during which enhanced blood flow makes it easier to get and keep an erection suitable for intercourse.

Because all of these drugs are available by prescription only, you’ll need to get a script from your doctor. Alternatively, you can order the drugs online from longtime online facilitator eDrugstore.com, which can set up a complimentary online consultation with a licensed U.S. physician. If that doctor determines that you’re an appropriate candidate for an ED drug, a prescription will be authorized. And that complimentary service can save you the time and money you’d ordinarily spend making a visit to your doctor’s office.

Based in Tempe, Arizona, eDrugstore has been in business since the late 1990s, filling more than 2.25 million prescriptions for nearly 700,000 customers. It stocks a full range of ED medications, including both brand-name and generic drugs. To learn more, visit eDrugstore’s Erectile Dysfunction page.

Don Amerman has spent more than three decades in the business of writing and editing. During the last 15 years, his focus has been on freelance writing. For almost all of his writing, He has done all of his own research, both online and off, including telephone and face-to-face interviews where possible. Don Amerman on Google+