World Health Day 2018: Take Care of Yourself and Others

Taking care of your health is an important part of life. Unfortunately, it’s not always easy. Health care can be confusing and expensive, leaving many people without the coverage they need to live a happy and healthy life. At Upscript, we take pride in helping men find an affordable and easy option for the medication they need. Our goal is simple — give patients access to medications through simple experiences that work for them. Less hassle and more care is the name of the game.

Today we celebrate World Health Day and recognize the hundreds of thousands of people around the world who lack access to health care essentials such as immunizations, antibiotics, or even the ability to speak with a doctor.

According to the World Health Organization, over “half of the world’s population still does not have full coverage of essential health services”. Consequently, millions of those people are being pushed into extreme poverty due to rising health care costs, and millions more are spending a significant amount of their income to pay for health care necessities. Today, on World Health Day, we recognize the work WHO is doing to ensure universal health coverage in the future.

Upscript strives to make lives easier, creating experiences with physicians that are simple, unique, and affordable for our patients. But how can you play your part? Start a conversation in your community or on social media to see what is being done on the local level to ensure health coverage for all. Communicate with local lawmakers to see what they are doing for your community, and get informed on what organizations like WHO are doing to work towards universal health care, worldwide. Take care of you and make change along the way.

Learn more about Upscript and all that we do here: https://www.upscript.com/

ED Myths: Debunked!

 

When it comes to medical concerns, the internet can be overwhelmingly filled with myths and inaccurate information. You may think that difficulty having an erection a few times means you’re doomed, or maybe you aren’t too worried just yet because you just aren’t old enough to have erectile dysfunction. Whatever your concern or question, it can be daunting to find the answers. Lucky for you, we’re here to debunk some of these common ED myths.

MYTH #1: It’s all mental.

Not quite. Your erectile dysfunction is most likely a physical problem, usually due to blood vessels that aren’t sending enough blood flow to your penis. However, the more you stress about it can in fact make it worse. Your best bet? See your doctor and take a deep breath. Nothing to stress about here.

MYTH #2: If you can’t get an erection once, you have ED.

Definitely not. A not so successful night in the bedroom is totally normal, and many factors can contribute. Read more here to learn about some common reasons why you may struggle to have an erection that isn’t due to ED.

MYTH #3: You’re too young to have erectile dysfunction.

Sorry guys, we’re debunking this one too. According to Everyday Health, about 5% of those affected by ED are between the ages of 20 and 39. Though it’s less likely, it is absolutely possible and shouldn’t be ruled out if you’re having consistent trouble down there.

MYTH #4: Every older man has to deal with ED at some point.

No way. Erectile dysfunction is definitely more common in older men, but many can still get erections and perform regularly even into their later years. Don’t fear for the future just yet.

MYTH #5: Once you have ED, it’s too late.

Wrong! You’re not doomed for life if you have been diagnosed with ED. Medication does exist to treat symptoms and help return functionality. Despite medication and treatment being available, it can be costly. Luckily, there are options.

Speak to one of Upscript’s U.S. licensed physicians today to see if sildenafil is right for you and your ED. In just a few easy steps, you’ll be living confident and stress-free. It all starts here: https://www.upscript.com/

The Not So Serious Reasons You Can’t Get an Erection

We know you’ve been there. You’re unable to stay hard down there and your mind is running frantically trying to figure what could be going wrong. Whether it’s the embarrassment in the moment or the fear of a serious problem, no man wants to find themselves in that position. The good news is that in most situations, your inability to get hard or stay hard isn’t a serious problem and shouldn’t be equated to a possible ED diagnosis. More times than not, the reason is harmless.

One of the most common reasons is too much alcohol. Alcohol is a depressant, and when you’ve had too much of it, it can decrease the blood flow to your penis. So unsurprisingly, “heavy drinking proportionately increases your risk of erectile dysfunction,” according to Mens Fitness. If this happens often, you may want to consider cutting back on the drinks and staying hydrated while you’re out on the town. The effect alcohol has on your central nervous system will alter your ability to perform, but it can easily be avoided.

Don’t drink? The problem may be your medication. According to Mens Health, certain meds such as high blood pressure medications, like beta-blockers and diuretics can impact your nervous system and blood vessel walls in such a way that will decrease blood flow down there. Other health issues or lifestyle choices can also play a role in your inability to get hard, such as a vitamin D deficiency, diabetes, or if you smoke often.  

That’s not it? Recent masturbation could play a role. Most men need about 30 minutes to recuperate before going at it again. If you’ve taken care of yourself solo too soon before getting in bed with your partner, you may need to be patient before that next round. Above all, stress and exhaustion can be a massive factor in your difficulty getting an erection. Stress is exhausting both mentally and physically. If you’re head isn’t in the right place, your body will follow suit so take a breather if you’re feeling overwhelmed in your day to day life.

If none of these reasons sound like they could be your answer, consult with your doctor to see if there’s a more serious reason you can’t get an erection. Upscript’s U.S. licensed physicians are available to discuss your concerns with you and find out if sildenafil is right for you. Learn more here: https://www.upscript.com/

Signs You Need to Get Checked

A healthy man is a happy man, but that requires paying attention to your body and noticing if something isn’t going right down there. Besides erectile dysfunction, there are many other common men’s health issues to think about, such as STDs and testicular cancer that could be life-altering if not caught early. The hardest part? Sometimes there are no symptoms at all.

So how can you tell that there might be an issue? For the most part, you’ll be able to spot if something isn’t quite right. Common STDs like HPV and Genital Herpes will usually result as blisters, rashes, pain while urinating, or visible open sores. Signs can be easily overlooked, so if you see that something isn’t right, see a doctor right away.

Often overlooked is regular self-examination. The best way to stay vigilant in spotting signs of testicular cancer is to check for yourself. Random lumps (which can be painless), heaviness or firmness in a testicle, or swelling in the leg could be signs of an early case of cancer. According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in every 263 men will develop this form of cancer in their life, so be smart and check yourself down there. Not sure how? Pariah Underwear, a line of men’s underwear, includes instructions on how to do a self-exam (plus, half of the proceeds go towards funding research for testicular cancer) so you’re reminded when you get dressed to stay on top of your health.

It doesn’t stop there. If you’re over the age of 50, weird activity downstairs could even be a sign of prostate cancer. Urinating often, burning sensations, or blood in your urine are red flags.

Keep an eye out for signs like these to make sure that you’re the healthiest you in 2018. Scheduling routine examinations with your doctor is the best way to make sure everything is working how it’s supposed to.

Maintaining A Healthy and Steamy Relationship While Living With ED

An erectile dysfunction diagnosis can affect more than just you and your penis. The reality is that ED can play a big role in your relationship and completely change your sex life. As Valentine’s Day draws near, you may be asking how you can keep your relationship and romance alive while living with ED. It may be difficult at times, but you and your partner can work together in continuing to grow and maintain your relationship, both physically and emotionally.

Beyond the physical implications of impotence, there can be emotional and psychological consequences as well. Whether it’s believing that you can’t provide sexually for your partner, or that your masculinity is at risk, ED can bring down your self-esteem and confidence. Fortunately, your relationship doesn’t have to end or suffer indefinitely. Even though it isn’t easy to talk about, the first step is clear: communicate with your partner. Let them know what’s going on, what treatment is available, and lay out all of your options.

Other reassuring tips are to let your partner know that they aren’t the problem, and look into treatment options or even sex therapy together. Additionally, it’s crucial to remember that ED is common. Many couples go through this struggle and tackle it in different ways. According to Mark L. Held, PhD, a clinical psychologist in the Denver,  “Almost all men have ED at some point… it’s how they deal with it that counts”. At the very least, try focusing more on the deeper connection with your partner while being intimate. The moment is about both of you, so feel free to get steamy this Valentine’s Day, with or without ED.  

Viagra Goes Generic… What’s Next?

Have you heard the big news? Pfizer and Teva Pharmaceuticals have released the generic version of Viagra, sildenafil, which is now available through Upscript. According to Teva Pharmaceuticals, there are an estimated 18 million men in the United States that have been diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, yet many have not been able to afford the treatment they need. The move to generic will save patients a significant amount of time and money for their medication.

So what might this mean for you? Welcome to Upscript.

For men suffering from ED, the transition to generic means easier, quicker, and more affordable methods of treatment are now available. Sildenafil is a prescription medicine that’s used to help a man with erectile dysfunction get and keep an erection while sexually stimulated. Prior to the transition, costs were as high as $65 per pill for the brand name prescription, since most insurance companies do not fully cover the treatment costs. At Upscript, we’ve created a platform that enables pharmaceutical brands to reach their patients in a more affordable and effective way. By cutting out the doctor’s office, long paperwork, and hefty bills, we’re able to offer sildenafil direct to more consumers via our website. All it takes is answering a few questions online, a brief digital consultation with one of our U.S. licensed physicians, and your medication will arrive right at your door.

The generic medication will allow more men diagnosed with ED to be confident and sustain healthy sexual relationships, without feeling embarrassed (don’t be!). Upscript ensures your privacy through your consultation and shipment process.

No insurance? Don’t fret — we don’t require a prior Viagra prescription or health insurance for our service. We believe that our patients deserve access to medications through experiences that work for them. So what are you waiting for? You’re just a few steps aways from receiving sildenafil — it all starts here.

What Causes ED & How Can I Prevent It?

You may think that erectile dysfunction is inevitable with age, and that if you don’t get medication for it, you’re out of luck. Fortunately, this isn’t always the case. Though there isn’t a one-size fits all solution or cure, there are ways you can try to prevent ED in your day-to-day life.

The primary factor of ED involves lack of blood flow to the penis, consequently resulting in a man not being able to get or stay erect. Thus, blood related health issues, such as diabetes or a faulty vein, can also play a role in experiencing symptoms of ED. Certain medications can also affect your nervous system in a way that makes it difficult for your body to produce an erection. Consult your doctor to see if your medication may be playing a role in causing impotence.

But what if you’re on the younger side and don’t have any blood related health issues? Well, there are quite a few reasons you may be experiencing signs of ED, which include lifestyle behaviors and psychological factors. According to Men’s Health Magazine, depression, stress, and exhaustion can play a big role in your ability to perform in the bedroom. Your poor habits may be to blame as well. Smoking regularly, heavy drinking, and food that are high in cholesterol could have a negative impact on your erection. Everyday Health notes that “for men under the age of 40, smoking is the biggest cause of erectile dysfunction.” Put that one at the top of your preventative list.

If kicking those habits don’t help, or you’re experiencing long-term issues, check in with a physician to see what is right for you. If you’re diagnosed with ED, don’t fret — there are treatments available. Consult with one of our licensed U.S. Physicians to learn more about your options and receive the medication you may need.