Erectile dysfunction is not particular to just older men. According to the National Institute of Health, erectile dysfunction (“ED”) is the inability of a man to “get or keep an erection firm enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse”. This condition affects about 30 million men yearly, including as early as young men in their late teens.
What is the average age for erectile dysfunction?
It is most prevalent in older men, considering the fact that about 40% of men are affected in their 40s, while the percentage rises to 70% when they’re in their 70s. The Cleveland Clinic in a study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine in 2013, revealed that 1 in 4 men seeking ED treatment are under 40.
What is the main cause of erectile dysfunction?
A lot of things can cause erectile dysfunction in men; it could be life style related like smoking, drinking, obesity, anxiety, or it could be health related, or even reaction to medications like blood pressure pills and antidepressants. It could also be a sign of a grave medical condition like heart diseases, prostate cancer or diabetes.
The stigma attached to this condition, makes it difficult for a lot of men to seek medical treatment. According to a CDC survey in 2014, a lot of men are not comfortable discussing this problem with their doctors; it’s so bad that some of them are even ashamed to pickup their meds from the pharmacy. A study conducted by Southern Illinois University School of Medicine has revealed that only about 25% of the men diagnosed with ED filled out the prescription for the condition (and according to a study conducted by Pfizer in 2011, about 80% of the Viagra sold on the internet is fake, which means getting it from the internet can be really dangerous).
Enter Roman, a cloud pharmacy company that seeks to combat the stigma associated with both the diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction. According to the co-founder of Roman, whose telehealth app based in NYC, Zachariah Reitano, “The strength of a man’s erection is a really great indicator for their overall health.” The app treats and evaluates men for ED straight from the comfort of their homes. Zachariah says that since it requires so much of your body at one time — your hormones, your nervous system, your heart, that he compares the condition to switching on your check engine light, stating that it is a visible sign that all is not as it should be.
Reitano together with Rob Schutz and Saman Rahmanian (his co-founders) intend to fight against the stigma associated with ED. They want to give men the confidence to face the condition and seek treatment for it. Reitano also suffered from the condition which he first noticed when he was 17, although it was a symptom of a heart problem. The medication he took for his heart condition was what gave him ED. Reitano who is now 26 considers himself the first customer of the company.
This is how Roman operates: Patients pay a one-time fee of $15 for the online medical review of a patients medical history and symptom survey, after which a consultation is organized with a physician. After reviewing a patient’s file, the doctor then prescribes an ED medication, but not before first determining that it is safe to do so. Oral pde inhibitors, Viagra, and Levitra, Slidenafil and Cialis which goes for $2 to $62 per dose are some of the erectile dysfunction medicines prescribed. The ED medications are then shipped in very discreet packages.
The doctor might recommend lab work on the company’s tab if they notice any underlying medical condition, before they prescribe any medication. There are special cases where the doctors can decide that a patient is not suitable for telehealth, this happens when the patient is on a medication that does not go with the pde5 inhibitors – in such cases the patients are directed to go see another doctor.
Reitano has described the services provided by Roman as a complementary service to medical care not a replacement. His goal is for men to take advantage of the app and take control of their health. He also acknowledges the fact that solving ED requires more than just medication.
He further explains that “It is analogous to a knee brace,” and that “You might need it each time to walk. It costs money and it by no mean fixes your knee.” But there’s no better way to recover your sexual health.
GetRoman.com was launched in October 2017. Due to varying state regulations, the Roman Health service is currently only available to residents of California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New York, Nebraska, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Washington, Tennessee , Texas. The company reports that future growth plans include several additional states.
Roman Health Medical LLC. is located at 900 Broadway, Suite 706, New York, NY 10003. Their primary contact email address is: email@example.com. You can call the Roman offices at (888) 798-8686. Social Media Links for Roman Health Medical include:
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Here's to Morning Glory (the App)
Not to be out done by the success of their first of it's kind cloud pharmacy service, Roman Health has just released their boner tracking app Morning Glory. Although a bit cheeky in name and concept, the app highlights the importance of recognizing early warning medical signs, like nocturnal penile tumescence (the medical term of morning wood).
"It's very important for a man to understand the basis for their erection," Roman's medical advisor, NYU's Dr. Steven Lamm, says in their YouTube video explaining the importance of the app. "When a man is having erections they're generally in very good health. when they're not having erections, it's time to visit your doctor."
Lamm described as an orchestra blood vessels, nerves, and hormones like testosterone, your dream state, and when the band's not playing there's usually a problem.
Those looking for a little data before going to the doctor to investigate their own related ED symptoms might checkout the Morning Glory App from Roman Health.