How Long Normal Erection Lasts for Average Men?

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Medically reviewed by Dr. Antonio Abreu, DNP
Written by Thrones Editorial Team

Worried about the quality of your erection? 

Not all erections are created equal. In some instances, experiencing weak erections could be a one-off issue that resolves on its own. But weak erections that happen more regularly could be a sign of erectile dysfunction or other possible health concerns.

The quality of a man’s erection may be a sign of well-being or the presence of a health condition. Having weak erection is one symptom of erectile dysfunction, which is a medical condition characterized by a man’s difficulty in getting an erection, keeping an erection, or both. 

As men age, erectile dysfunction tends to be more common. Old age, heath conditions, medications, and overall lifestyle are all potential triggers of weak erection that may lead to erectile dysfunction.

What Causes Weak Erection?

Weak erection happens for many reasons. A man’s age, the quality of his health, his mental health state, hormone levels, emotions, and blood circulation flow all contribute to the likelihood of weak erection or erectile dysfunction, as it is medically known.

Erectile dysfunction may be triggered by old age, obesity, or the presence of any of these health conditions, namely:

  • type-2 diabetes
  • stroke
  • heart disease
  • enlarged prostate
  • penile injury
  • injury to the spinal cord
  • hypertension/high blood pressure
  • chronic kidney disease
  • bladder cancer surgery
  • low testosterone levels
  • sleeping disorders
  • liver disease
  • Peyronie’s disease, a fibrous scar tissue growing under the penile skin that causes painful erections
  • atherosclerosis

In some cases, erectile dysfunction may also be caused by certain medications as one of their side effects. These medications are likely to cause erectile dysfunction:

  • antidepressants
  • antihistamine
  • sedatives
  • appetite suppressants
  • ulcer medications
  • anti-hypertension medicines
  • anti-androgens (used for prostate cancer therapy)

Lifestyle factors could also contribute to erectile dysfunction like heavy drinking, smoking, and the use or abuse of substances/drugs.

A man’s mental health could also greatly contribute to erectile dysfunction. The presence of psychological issues, emotional stress, and mental illness are factors that lead to E.D. including but not limited to:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Conflict
  • Stress (in terms of sexual performance, financial stress, and others)


Can Erectile Dysfunction Be Cured?

Is there a cure for erectile dysfunction? The answer is yes. Even better, there are a few treatment alternatives you can choose from. There is hope for E.D. because most cases could still be reversed. However, that also depends on which factor is causing it, and addressing the main issue is key to successfully treating ED. If erectile dysfunction has become a permanent condition such as the case with most chronic health issues chronic kidney disease, the right medications (phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor drugs) coupled with lifestyle changes may help improve the symptoms. 

The most common treatment options for erectile dysfunction are:


Erectile dysfunction may be eased by phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor drugs like Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil), and Levitra (Vardenafil), among others. However, these medications are only accessible to men who are diagnosed with the condition (erectile dysfunction) and should never be confused/used as sexual enhancers. PDE-5 inhibitor drugs like Viagra and Cialis often come with mild side effects. They could also vary in effectiveness from one person to another. The most effective ED pill for you would depend on how your body reacts to the drug and your unique needs/medical condition. If certain drugs won’t work, always consult your doctor before taking other alternatives.


If other treatments don’t seem to work out and the cause of erectile dysfunction has been due to anatomical/physical causes, your doctor could recommend a surgical treatment as alternative. Surgery for erectile dysfunction can be very effective, and complications are rare, so far.

Lifestyle Adjustments

For underlying health conditions such as atherosclerosis or diabetes, supplementing medications with a healthier lifestyle could help to massively improve ED symptoms. Turning to relaxation techniques to alleviate stress may help manage blood pressure levels. Losing some weight and incorporating exercise into your routine is also very helpful. Eating healthier and opting for a nutritious diet could also help with heart disease, diabetes, and other health conditions.

Counseling or Therapy

Erectile dysfunction may be triggered by mental illness or other factors affecting mental and emotional well-being. Conditions such as anxiety, depression, stress, and even relationship conflict, all contribute to erectile dysfunction, and effectively treating ED in these instances is conducted through therapy or counselling. 

Pelvic Floor Exercises

Strengthening the pelvic floor muscles, which are responsible for helping men with ejaculation and urination can also help to improve erection problems. 

Alternative Remedies

Alternative health remedies and herbal treatments may ease erectile dysfunction. Acupuncture, ginseng, and other herbs often show promising results to easing ED symptoms. However, it is still best to consult your doctor when you turn to these treatments for erectile dysfunction for the sake of safety.

Mechanical Devices

Mechanical devices such as penile pumps are known to help with erection by drawing blood to the penis, which can create an erection. This is effective for most men, even those who’ve had some nerves severely damaged. 


What Erectile Dysfunction Pill is the Best?

There are several treatments for ED, but the most common and fastest one yet remains to be ED pills known as phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor drugs. 

PDE-5 inhibitor drugs improve blood flow to the penis, which can help create and prolong erection. It mainly works by protecting the breakdown of the enzyme cGMP (cyclic guanosine monophosphate), responsible for keeping blood within the penile tissue, which helps maintain erection as a result.

The different types of PDE-5 inhibitor drugs or ED pills available in the market today are:

1. Sildenafil (Viagra) 

The most common ED treatment available in the market today is Sildenafil (Viagra). It’s usually the first choice medication recommended by doctors for erectile dysfunction. Sildenafil doesn’t have to be taken daily, only as needed. Therefore, planning is necessary to use it for sexual activity.

2. Tadalafil (Cialis)

Tadalafil (Cialis) is also used by doctors to treat other health conditions like high blood pressure and prostate enlargement. It is the longest-lasting ED pill compared to Sildenafil and Vardenafil, lasting up to 36 hours or even 72 hours, as reported by some. Tadalafil may be taken either daily or on an as-needed basis only. And it should not be taken if you’ve had heart attack or stroke in the past 6 months.

3. Vardenafil (Levitra)

Vardenafil (Levitra) is available in a more affordable (genetic) form. Compared to Tadalafil and Sildenafil, it works slightly faster, and may last longer than Viagra. It is also available in a dissolving tablet (Staxyn) which could work faster than the pill form of the medication. Vardenafil could also have more side effects if used by people who are 65 years old and above.

With erectile dysfunction pills, you have the luxury of choice. Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitor drugs all have a similar function – to increase penile blood flow which helps sustain erection for sex. However, each medication’s effectiveness vary from person to person, and depend on the individual’s state of health and medical condition.


Key Takeaways

A man’s erection is also an indicator of his health and well-being. Weak erections happen from time to time, but could be a symptom of erectile dysfunction if it occurs more frequently. 

Erectile dysfunction can still be treated though. With a variety of treatment options available or that maybe suggested by your doctor, ED pills such as Sildenafil, Tadalafil, and Vardenafil remain to be the fastest, most convenient treatment option for most.

Thrones Health, a US-based telemedicine company that caters to treating men having problems with their erection, offers personalized treatment plans and discreet delivery. With our trusted network of healthcare professionals, you are assured of a safe, effective treatment for your men’s health concerns right at the comfort of your own home or any location. 

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