Valentine’s Day has been boosting Viagra sales but what are the alternatives?

New data from digital health clinic Numan has revealed that sales in Viagra have seen a 43% increase in the build up to Valentine’s Day, indicating that lockdown may be having a positive impact on the UK’s amorous activities. 

With less to do and more time inside, it comes as no surprise that men are being more proactive when it comes to performance-related issues in the bedroom.

Numan, which offers a range of subscription-based treatments for premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction has also seen demand for performance-based products jump by 85% since the first lockdown came into effect, reporting a 75% increase in sales of ED treatments. There has also been a 50% increase in demand for premature ejaculation treatments. 

Since launching in 2019, Numan has continued to promote its action-inducing messaging; inspiring men to seek help and normalising issues around erectile dysfunction. With over 300,000 customers taking action with Numan since its inception, the company believes that the increase in Viagra sales shows that men are becoming more comfortable seeking help when they feel they need it. 

Dr Luke Pratsides, Lead GP at Numan says: “Valentine’s day is a time to reflect and show love and gratitude to your partner. For many this means a time to be both physically and emotionally intimate with one and other.

“If you suffer with erectile dysfunction then the added pressure to perform on Valentine’s Day can lead to anxiety and disappointment.

“We see a rise in men contacting Numan for help with erectile dysfunction around Valentine’s Day, the occasion can be a catalyst for men to do something about their erectile dysfunction, seek treatment and celebrate intimacy with their partner.”

The online health clinic for men has also recently launched a bold new ad to encourage men to do something about erectile dysfunction. The humorous 30-second clip, entitled ‘Call It What You Want,’ is an ode to the weird and wonderful nicknames men call their penises. The advert, which has already made waves upon its release, is intended to normalise issues around erectile dysfunction and inspire men to take action. 

Numan’s Founder and CEO Sokratis Papafloratos says: “At Numan we do whatever it takes to make sure men do something about the things they aren’t currently doing anything about. We hope the advert will get people talking in order to raise awareness and help destigmatize an issue that many men find embarrassing or shameful.”


Natural alternatives to Viagra

Ashwagandha – Otherwise known as Indian Ginseng, Ashwagandha is a natural adaptogen with anxiety and stress-relieving capabilities and is also thought to help improve sexual performance and increase the duration of an erection. It’s best taken as a tea or in capsule form as a food supplement.

Ashwagandha

Fruit – Certain fruits, such as blueberries, pomegranate and watermelon, are thought to help increase blood flow, including to the penis – enhancing the ability to develop and maintain an erection.

Garlic – Anything but a passion killer, garlic also helps improve blood flow to the penis to ensure a longer lasting erection, but it needs to be eaten raw. Tip: Try pressing a couple of cloves and mixing with chopped fresh tomato and olive oil as a topping for bruschetta or even toast.

Ginger – Ginger is considered a strong aphrodisiac thanks, in part, to its ability to stimulate the nervous system to increase sexual desire. It’s also thought to boost sperm production so it’s well worth adding to your diet if you are trying for a baby.

Gingko Biloba – Full of health-boosting flavonoids, Gingko Biloba is another handy leaf which helps to improve blood circulation and is even thought to increase libido. You can buy it as a liquid in your local independent health store, or use the leaves to make a herbal infusion. But always check with a medical herbalist first to make sure it’s safe for you to take.

Gingko Biloba

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