Evening All -
Given some recent discussions, I thought I'd pop on to offer my experience regarding ED.
Years back, ED was what cause me to seek treatment and testing - its onset was relatively sudden, and I was truly taken aback. Of course, my Doc initially thought to just throw Cialis at the problem (which worked for a time, but ended up giving me horrible GERD/throat/congestion issues after about six months, which only got worse as time progressed). About a year later, he tested my T and found it to be low, starting me on a protocol that floored me and, of course, exacerbated the ED issues which led me to him initially.
Even after getting linked up with a 'knowledgeable' Doc in town, I was prescribed 1mg Adex 3x/week, which all but ensured that I could never get an erection without the help of Cialis. I thought that this was just what life looked like moving forward, and accepted it without much of a second thought.
Skip ahead a couple of years, after attempting a restart and getting connected to the forums here. I worked with a new Doc to modify my protocol to 40mg T Cyp 2x/week + 400iu HCG 2x/week - no Adex. This leaves my E2 levels at the top end of the LabCorp Sensitive Average Range (somewhere around 40). After about 6 months on this protocol, I came to find that I no longer needed Cialis or Viagra. After a few successful goes of it drug-free, I swore off the stuff altogether.
While I've dabbled in PDE5 inhibitors since, mainly due to nervousness associated with starting a new relationship, I've since come off of them completely again and, indeed, actually found that taking them made my erections less reliable at times, especially if attempting to go drug-free after having used Viagra/Stendra/Cialis within the past week.
Obviously we each have our own unique situations to work through, but I thought it worth mentioning that, with patience and a proper protocol, it may be worth considering that a life without ED drugs might be possible.