Erectile Dysfunction Treatments: The Past, the Present, & the Future


Erectile dysfunction is one of the most well-known sexual dysfunctions suffered by men across the world.

Up to 5% of men around the age of 40 have been reported to be suffering from complete erectile dysfunction. The number goes up to 15% for men who are around the age of 70 years.

About 50% of men around the age of 50 experience mild to moderate erectile dysfunction, while 60% of them go through similar conditions when they are around the age of 60 years.

But these numbers do not imply that all older men suffer from erectile dysfunction. Younger men also suffer from erectile dysfunction of various degrees.

Fun Fact: It is rumoured that King Louis XVI of France suffered from Erectile Dysfunction from the young age of 15 years.

It is a common misconception that erectile dysfunction is a result of old age, while in fact, erectile dysfunction is a by-product of various diseases that are more prevalent in our body as we age.

Often, when these diseases are treated, erectile dysfunction may also go away.  Read more about the causes of Erectile Dysfunction

A brief History of Erectile Dysfunction Treatments (before Viagra!):

2500 BC     

Acupuncture (Insertion of thin needles in specific points of the body) was a popular treatment used to treat ED in ancient China and it is still being used with varying success.

Around 2500 BC the Chinese used a potion made up of 22 ingredients as a standard cure for ED.

It is also mentioned that this mysterious potion was the reason the Yellow Emperor (Huang‐Ti) could bed 1200 women!

1600 BC

The Ancient Egyptians were amazingly creative in their remedies for Erectile Dysfunction. In the first place, they believed that ED was caused due to evil curses and spells!

They used various ingredients to treat impotence like blue and white Lotus Flowers. This one is actually effective as these flowers contain apomorphine which can treat ED

One of their remedies includes rubbing baby crocodiles’ hearts on the penis! These Egyptians won’t have made PETA happy!

800 BC 

ED remedies mention in Samhita Sutra includes potions made with Sesame, Saindhava Salt, Sugar cane juice and butter.

Other popular concoctions popular during the ancient times in India were made from interesting ingredients like testes of goats, jasmine oil, milk, and fish!

Apparently, these potions and remedies could make a man “visit” 100 women!

700 BC

The ancient Arabic people around these years prescribed remedies for treating ED which require to mix asafoetida and jasmine oil and keep it away for a few days. This mixture was to be applied to the penis right before intercourse.

300 BC   

Around the years 300 BC, Greeks and Roman diet plans to cure ED included eating snakes and genitals of goats.

Greeks also used a substance from the dried dead bodies of Spanish flies which was used as an aphrodisiac. It was often mixed into people’s food and drink with the consumer’s knowledge.

Now we know that extracts of Spanish flies are poisonous and cause inflammation!

Roman Emperor Tiberius’s wife used to mix Spanish fly extracts into the food & drinks of her family members so she could blackmail them if they acted upon their sexual arousal!

Middle-Ages: 500 AD to 1500 AD

Theologian Thomas Aquinas concluded that erectile dysfunction was caused by the demons.

His theory was fanned and throughout the dark middle ages.

People of this time believed that witches cast spells on the penises which resulted in impotence.

Men were encouraged to track down the so-called witches and convince (with violence if needed) them to lift the spell.

They also maintained that some witches vanished a man’s penis entirely!

1600 AD   

During this period, almost everyone believed that the only fail-proof way to treat erectile dysfunction was a woman’s touch.

If a man was unable to have an erection after a woman touched his male organ, then he was termed as a hopeless case.

1700 AD- 1800 AD 

During this period, various balms and potions made from the various plant ingredients and animal parts that looked like sexual organs. Oysters, carrots, the rhinoceros horn, and many others.

After the arrival of electricity, people also started experimenting with electric shocks to treat erectile dysfunction.

1873 AD

In the year 1873, the first successful surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction by an Italian doctor who blocked the veins that restricted the blood flow towards the penis.

1900 AD

The early 19th century was a difficult time for men suffering from erectile dysfunction as in 1918, a Russian doctor came up with the weird notion to transplant testicle tissues of the monkey to human males.

Building on this unreliable idea, a lot of people started implanting the genital organs of different animals like goats, boars, and even deer.

Drinking the blood of deers was also a popular means of erectile dysfunction treatment. Eating the penises of deers was also though to help.

In China, delicacies made from the penises of deers are popular even today!

1935 AD

During this glorious year, testosterone was identified. This discovery became the basis of many erectile dysfunction treatments of modern times.

1960 AD

Doctors soon began to notice that animals had penile bones. This led to the birth of the idea of penile implants.

Men had the bones or cartilages of animals into their penis.

But as these implants were hard (Human penis isn’t supposed to be hard all the time), they caused a great deal of pain.

Also, these grafts were absorbed within a year.

1970 AD

During this period, implants that could be pumped full of air. These types of implants are still used to treat erectile dysfunction.

There is a vacuum penis pump approved by FDA as an erectile dysfunction treatment. These help you get erectile that lasts for up to 30 minutes.

The 1980s  

Accidents always helped the treatments of ED. By the end of the 19th century, a French surgeon accidentally injected the drug papaverine (Used to widen blood vessels) into a patient’s penis.

The injection caused an instant erection. This lead to the popularity of intracavernosal injection as a treatment for ED.

1998 AD 

This was a very important year for the progress in the treatments of erectile dysfunctions.

The people at Pfizer were researching Sildenafil Citrate as a possible treatment for high blood pressure, angina, and chest pain.

But it had extremely frustrating results. The potential of Sildenafil Citrate lay elsewhere.

They realized the true magic of this chemical from the answers of Welsh mine workers who reported that these drugs gave them erections.

And thus the little blue pill of Viagra was introduced with the approval of the FDA in 1998 and we have come a long way in the treatment of erectile dysfunctions since then.

Viagra was so popular and expensive for many years that many people made a business of selling counterfeit drugs.

After the introduction of the Generic Viagra, the prices went by a huge margin and many places also offered Viagra Connect-an over the counter option of Viagra.

You can buy Generic Viagra at affordable rates from reliable online sources which guarantees assure delivery.

Cialis (Tadalafil), distributed by Eli Lilly was approved by the FDA in 2003. As Cialis has a longer half-life than Viagra, people began to switch to Cialis.

Soon other oral erectile dysfunction treatments came in the market. Currently, an average male gets a lot of options to choose from, unlike olden days.

Apart from the brand versions, (which are expensive) each of these drugs has its generic versions that are widely available across the world.

As we have already discussed above, there are plenty of options available in the market as oral erectile dysfunction treatment.

The brand’s Viagra, Cialis, and Tadalafil were the biggest players in the market a few years ago. Men had no choice but to use these expensive pills for their health condition.

Also, the fact that most insurance policies do not cover these medications often broke a patient’s bank.

During those times, for men suffering from erectile dysfunction, satisfactory sex life became a luxury that most of them could not afford.

But as the patents of these brands expired, men are now offered more pocket-friendly options that are as effective in treating their conditions.

The Generic versions contain the same active ingredient as the branded ones. The only differences you may come across are the shape, colour, packaging and most importantly, the price of the medicines.

The Generic Viagra options we offer are:     

All of these medicines contain the same active ingredient as Viagra: Sildenafil citrate.