It seems like it was only yesterday that you wake up every day with morning wood that you can pound nails with. Your south department would seem to have life on its own and it would just stand up at the most inconvenient times. Fast forward to today, you are dying to have the erection again. From time to time, it just refuses to rise to the occasions. Your partner is disappointed. You feel less like a man, but you are too ashamed to reach out for help.
Here’s the thing: you are not alone. It’s not the end of the world. In fact, the problem is very, very common.
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According to statistic [R], about 50% of men have erectile dysfunction (ED). And, it’s not an age-related condition. A study published in Journal of Sexual Medicine [R] shows that one patient out of four with newly diagnosed ED was under the age of 40. As well, studies found that men in this age group were more likely to suffer premature ejaculation than the older men.
Despite readily available treatment, most men would rather avoid the embarrassing appointment with their doctors – who, on average, spend only 13-16 minutes on each patient. Instead, many turn to fly-by-night operators on the internet who sell counterfeit Viagra and harmful addictive. That’s why a new startup, Roman (www.getroman.com) is created to solve the problem.
How Roman Works
Specifically, Roman is a telehealth company that connects men with doctors who prescribe ED medication. Everything is conducted online: from diagnosis, prescription, delivery to follow-up. That’s right: the ED drugs are just a few clicks away.
– You are required to complete a telemedicine visit (priced at $15). There, you answer simple questions about your health, lifestyle, symptoms and any medications you are taking. You also let Roman knows your medication preference (Viagra, Cialis or Levitra)
– Within 2 hours, a Roman affiliated physician will analyze your request. If you qualify, a board-certified physician will be in touch via secured chat, phone or video.
– If the prescription is appropriate, medications will be shipped to you in discreet packaging. Or, you can choose to pick up at a local pharmacy.
– You continue to work with the physician for long-term monitoring
Romans: Product Overview
The medications (Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra) available at Romans are all PDE-5 inhibitors. They work by relaxing the muscles in the walls of blood vessels, increasing blood flow to the penis, thus resulting in an erection. These drugs are almost identical. They are to be consumed 30-60 minutes before sex so that men with ED can experience lasting erection during the deed. The subtle difference is how long they stay effective.
Levitra can last longer than Viagra and Cialis, up to 36 hours. Viagra lasts about 4-5 hours, and Cialis lasts up to 8 hours.
These drugs are generally safe and well tolerated, but side effects do exist. The FDA has received reports of sudden hearing loss in men taking Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra.
Other side effects include: headache, flushing, upset stomach, diarrhea, dizziness, and rash.
In addition, Cialis is associated with back pain and muscle aches. Levitra and Viagra may result in blue-tinged vision.
Roman: What you need to know
#1. To be eligible for Roman service, you need to have seen a physician within the last 5 years, including examination of groin, penis and testis.
#2. Before you obtain prescription from Roman, you need to enter your most recent blood pressure reading within the last 6 months.
#3. Roman does not accept insurance.
#4. If you are not ineligible, Romans will refund your $15 for the telemedicine visit.
#5. Depending on your plan, you should expect to spend $8-$300 per month. You can refer to the cost breakdown here.
#6. ED treatments work differently for different men. Depending on your condition, you may need to experiment with different drugs and dosage before you find the best solution.
#7. Do not take ED drugs if you take heart medicines called nitrates [R]. The interaction may result in drastic drop of blood pressure.
#8. You can compare prices of various drugs via GoodRx (www.goodrx.com)
#9. According to a study published on European Association of Urology [R], a 50- or 100-milligram (mg) dose of Viagra appeared to be the most effective treatment for treating ED.
#10. ED drugs may not work for men with nerves or arteries damaged by prostate surgery, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease [R]
#11. At the date of writing, Roman is available in 34 states (follow this link to check if it’s available at your area)
#12. To avoid the side effects of ED drugs, start with the lowest dose.
#13. If you have psychological ED, drugs aren’t really going to do much to enhance your sexual experience. You may be just throwing money away.
If you feel shameful about your problem below the belt, Roman seems like a good fit. The reputation has been largely positive. However, it is a temporary solution at best. As emphasized on their website:
“Roman is a complement to – not a replacement of your primary care physicians.”
Ultimately, you will need to come to terms with your doctor. At times, ED is often caused by underlying medical conditions (eg. diabetes and heart problems), psychological or physiological issues. Help is out there- you just need to meet your doctor in person, before it’s too late.
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