Unfortunately, even if your have private health insurance or general health cover, treatment of erectile dysfunction will not normally be covered by your insurer. However, all policies are different so it is always worth checking the terms of your contract or having a chat with your insurance company.
So will I have to pay for my ED impotence treatment?
Unless you have a serious and ongoing chronic illness which will enable your ED to be covered by an NHS prescription, your doctor will only be able to issue you with a private prescription which means that you will have to pay the normal retail price for any medication offered.
If your doctor decides that a drug like Cialis (Tadalafil), Levitra (Vardenafil) or even Viagra (Sildenafil) is suitable for you, the prices can vary greatly from about £5 per tablet. However, particularly with regard to Viagra, as the patent expired in 2013, the prices have become much more affordable.
Purchasing online can also save you a few pounds but do bear in mind that you will still need a prescription.
But I can buy online without a prescription much cheaper!
If you decide to go for the cheaper and faster option of buying online without a prescription, do check to see if the website is a legal one. If it is not regulated by the NHS and is not run in conjunction with UK safety guidelines, then you could be putting your health in danger. If the website does not ask for any prescription or gives as online ‘consultation’ be very wary. The drugs that you end up with in this scenario may be fake and may not even be what you need.
It is only by seeing a doctor and getting a full diagnosis that you can be sure you are even suffering from ED.
The best advice is, even if you have private medical insurance; do consult your doctor or G.P. in the first instance. He can then give you a full check-up, discuss your problem in depth and find out what is causing your ED. It may be that drugs are not needed to rectify your ED problem. If stress is the culprit then things like counselling and hypnosis can help. If the problem is more of a practical and short term i.e. one that the doctor thinks will correct itself without drugs, then simple things like a Penile Pump can help greatly and are relatively inexpensive. This will help promote blood flow to the penis and enable you to obtain a normal erection which will last plenty long enough to enable you to take part in sexual intercourse with your partner.
Your good health status is very important and there are always many options to enable your ED to be treated effectively so never let the monetary side put you off discussing the problem with your doctor or specialist.