Frequently Asked Questions
Erectile Dysfunction

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

ED is defined as the inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. The condition can affect anyone at any age.

What are the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

The symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:
Difficulty in getting an erection
Difficulty in maintaining an erection
Getting a partial erection, not firm/hard enough for vaginal penetration
Reduced libido or sexual desire
Increased anxiety and stress associated with sexual intercourse

What is the main cause of erectile dysfunction?

The causes behind erectile dysfunction include psychological conditions, medical/health conditions, certain medications, trauma, hormones, and lifestyle factors.

At what age do men experience erectile dysfunction?

Men of any age can experience symptoms of the condition. Besides age, factors such as medical conditions, medications, drinking alcohol, smoking, psychological stress, etc. contribute to ED.

How is male erectile dysfunction diagnosed?

The causes behind erectile dysfunction include psychological conditions, medical/health conditions, certain medications, trauma, hormones, and lifestyle factors. A physical examination, psychological exam, diagnostic tests such as blood and urine tests, and symptom assessment allows a doctor to diagnose male erectile dysfunction.

What does Erectile Dysfunction treatment involve?

Depending on the cause, erectile dysfunction can be cured. Some causes of ED are easier to cure than others. A medical or psychological evaluation may be necessary to reach the right diagnosis and treatment. Medications may also be prescribed along with psychological intervention.

Does Erectile Dysfunction cause impotence?

Impotence is a result of the inability to achieve or maintain an erection or ejaculate consistently. Commonly, impotence is used to describe ED, because of the lack of erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.
General Sexual Health

Are sexual problems in marriages common?

Sexual disorders are much more common than many realize. They can affect relationships emotionally and psychologically. However, addressing sexual dysfunction with a professional can help both partners.

Does penis size matter?

Due to the stigma and rumors associated with "ideal" penis size, many men tend to feel insecure about their manhood. Men commonly worry that the size of their penis is "too small." However, the fact is that a micro penis is one that is less than 3 inches when erect - anything above 3 inches when erect is normal. While it is common for men to feel insecure about this, most women do not care about size. Penile lengthening is considered to be an unsafe and ineffective procedure as per the American Urological Association (AUA).

What are the causes of low libido or low sexual desire?

There are various causes - both physical and psychological - that can affect sexual desire or libido. Some include mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression, increased stress, insecurities, and low-self esteem, physical/sexual abuse, hormonal conditions, medication side effects, etc.

What does sexual dysfunction treatment include?

Sexual dysfunction is a broad term that explains persistent discomfort or difficulty with sexual response, desire, or orgasm. Conditions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation fall under the sexual dysfunction category. Evidence-based and clinically proven sexual dysfunction treatments may include oral tablets, VED (vacuum erection device), injections, and/or surgery - the choice is dependent on the patient’s medical history and treatment plan.

When should you see an andrologist?

Due to the stigma associated with sexual wellness, people often search for specialists to help them - for example, erectile dysfunction specialists. However, professionals advise you to see an andrologist for anything concerning the internal and external male reproductive system. Some conditions that Andrologists commonly treat organic erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory problems such as premature ejaculation, anejaculation, retrograde ejaculation, and infertility (unable to conceive) due to a male factor.

How can low testosterone lead to sexual dysfunction?

Testosterone, the male hormone, is closely associated with a male's sex drive and sexual performance. Low levels of this hormone can cause sexual dysfunction symptoms and disorders such as low libido and erectile dysfunction.

How does depression and/or anxiety lead to sexual dysfunction?

While it is common knowledge that physical medical conditions or injuries can lead to sexual dysfunction, the fact that mental health conditions can also be a cause is often missed. When experiencing conditions such as depression and anxiety, an individual's mind and body are in a constant state of stress. This leads to the release of a hormone called cortisol - chronic high levels of this hormone can lead to the decrease of testosterone in the body. Low testosterone can lead to conditions such as low libido and erectile dysfunction. Depression is also characterised by a general lack of drive in all activities including sexual intimacy.

What is an Unconsummated relationship?

An unconsummated marriage (UM) or a relationship is defined by a heterosexual couple’s inability to have penetrative vaginal intercourse. Many couples experience an unconsummated relationship, and while there is an unnecessary stigma associated with it, it can be treated or improved with the help of a professional. It could be a result of contributing factors from him or her or both.
Premature Ejaculation

What is Premature Ejaculation?

Erectile dysfunction refers to the inability to attain or maintain an erection. For premature ejaculation, the consensus among specialists is: if a man lasts less than 2 minutes after penetration (all or most of the time), and/or if it leads to frequent dissatisfaction for him or his partner, he may have PE.

What are the causes of premature ejaculation?

The exact cause of premature ejaculation is still not known, but some experts suggest low levels of serotonin can be a causative factor. The psychological causes could be depression/anxiety, relationship problems, and unrealistic expectations.

Is there a cure for premature ejaculation?

Various medical treatments can help improve premature ejaculation. Individuals can learn to control their ejaculation for sexual satisfaction through medical remedies, supplements, and exercise. Surgical options such as dividing the nerves to reduce the penile sensations are still considered experimental.

What is the difference between erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation?

Erectile dysfunction refers to the inability to attain or maintain an erection. For premature ejaculation, the consensus among specialists is: if a man lasts less than 2 minutes after penetration (all or most of the time), and/or if it leads to frequent dissatisfaction for him or his partner, he may have PE.

Is there a way to stop Premature Ejaculation symptoms?

Symptoms of PE can be improved through available treatment options such as topical anesthetics and counseling. This is ONLY decided with the help of a professional.

What does premature ejaculation treatment involve?

After brief behavioral therapy, the most common first-line medical treatment for premature ejaculation includes tablets from the family of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or phosphodiesterase inhibitors. These medications are prescribed only after a thorough medical examination as some of these medications are contraindicated in certain coexisting medical conditions.
Allo Journey

How much will I have to pay for my treatment plan and how long will it take?

Once your initial consultation has been completed, you can purchase your treatment plan. The payment of the treatment plan is highly dependent on the condition diagnosed, and the diagnostic tests, medication, and/or therapy sessions prescribed.  

We have so far guided 55% of our users to resolutions in 1 month. Furthermore, approximately 90% of our users have completed their wellness journey in less than 3 months, spending Rs 8000 on average.

Is Allo’s digital/remote treatment as effective as a physical consultation?

Yes, in the majority of the cases, a physical examination is not required. With technology allowing for the ability to bring about effective solutions, Allo solves for demand in the sexual wellness space. An online consultation reduces unnecessary obstacles such as research, commute, waiting in line, etc without compromising anything for the consumer.

Is my information confidential?

Discreetness and transparency are the cornerstones of Allo’s philosophy. Your data is completely confidential and the details you provide will only be used for honest communication and effective care.

How does Allo work?

Consulting with Allo is easy with three simple steps:
(1) Complete Assessment Form
Answer a few questions to help our experts understand your requirements.
(2) Book consultation for Rs. 500
Gain access to experienced professionals and an Allo buddy to help you through the process.
(3) Consult with leading doctors
At your convenience and from the privacy of your home. Based on your assessment, your doctor will determine the next steps in your wellness journey.

Do I have to turn on my video in the consultation?

Although it is recommended to turn on the video for better communication with the doctor, you do not need to have your video turned on throughout your consultation, you can turn it off after your identity has been confirmed.

Is there someone from Allo who will guide me on this journey?

Yes. You will be assigned a dedicated care expert when you begin your journey with Allo who will help answer any queries you may have.

What happens after the consultation?
After your initial consultation with the doctor, if prescribed you will get a care plan customized for you. Upon purchasing your plan, you will have continued support and access to a dedicated care expert, scheduling of diagnostic tests and therapy sessions, and free shipping of medication delivery depending on your prescription.

Can I follow up with my doctor?
After you consult with our experts, they will determine the details of your diagnosis and prescription. Should a follow-up be required, the details will be provided to you through the WhatsApp number and email address you provide.

Will my doctor remain the same throughout?
Your consultant doctor with Allo will remain the same throughout your wellness journey. However, the consultant doctor can refer you to another specialist depending on your requirements.

Why do I need to fill an assessment form? How long will it take?

The 4- minute Assessment Form is divided into six sections and captures your complete medical history. It will help Allo in assigning the right doctor for you and help them determine your next steps in your wellness journey.

How much does a consultation cost?

To confirm your consultation with our leading doctors, you will be required to complete payment of ₹500.

How are the prescribed medications shipped?

Post your consultation, if medicines are prescribed to you, Allo will begin the discreet medication delivery process to the address provided by you. They will be delivered in a standard brown unlabeled package without any mention of the medicine or company name,- just your name and address. You can always find out the status of your medication delivery by contacting your Allo buddy or dedicated care expert through WhatsApp.

What type of medical conditions does Allo experts treat?

Allo experts treat all conditions under the sexual wellness umbrella including specialties closely associated with it - such as endocrinologists and andrologists. From physical to psychological wellness - we cover all the bases making Allo your one-stop solution.

Does Allo provide therapy sessions?

Sexual wellness from a holistic point of view caters to both the physical and psychological aspects of any diagnosed condition. There is a major psychological component to sexual disorders, for which we provide uninterrupted access to experts in the field.

Are there available slots every day and how long does it take to book one?

We have numerous consultation slots open every day - each slot will close one hour before the consultation is to take place. It takes approximately 15 minutes for a slot to be booked and confirmed.
Women’s Sexual Disoders

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition that causes involuntary muscle spasms during sexual intercourse. The psychologically dependent condition disrupts penis-vaginal penetration as the vaginal muscles contract resulting in pain while attempting penile penetration.

What is Female Sexual Arousal Disorder?

Female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) is a condition in which the individual's body does not respond to sexual stimulation. It is a sexual dysfunction that is very common but treatable. Some symptoms of FSAD include low sexual desire or libido, lack of sexual thoughts, decreased sexual excitement, reduced arousal from internal or external stimulation, and lack of sensation in the genitalia or other arousal parts of the body.

What is Anorgasmia in males and females?

Anorgasmia is a condition in which individuals are unable to orgasm despite medical intervention or sexual stimulation. It is much more prevalent in females/women and is commonly caused by psychological factors. However, there are medical conditions or medications/treatments for medical conditions that can cause anorgasmia.

How can low estrogen impact sexual health?

Women experience hormone fluctuations as they age and when estrogen levels drop very low (commonly during the 40s and 50s), they go through menopause. The low levels of estrogen can lead to a negative impact on sexual wellness - for example, it can lead to low libido, vaginal dryness, or lack of lubrication leading to painful sex and disrupted mood and sleep patterns.
Lifestyle

What are some exercises that help with premature ejaculation?

A method called the stop-start technique works well for premature ejaculation. This involves stimulating the penis until just before an orgasm, and then stopping until the urge to ejaculate has gone away. This, when repeated several times, helps a man recognize the phase of arousal that happens before an orgasm.

How does exercising help with sexual wellness?

Aerobic and pelvic floor exercises are highly recommended as a lifestyle modification while dealing with sexual dysfunction or disorders. These types of exercises help improve incontinence, manage conditions such as prostatitis and BPH, and of course, increase male sexual pleasure by helping men have greater control over ejaculation and orgasm. Cardio exercises help in keeping the blood vessels clear, and so, have the ability to improve one’s sex life. Sexual dysfunctions such as ED, are commonly caused by problems with the blood flow to the penis. Factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or concerns in weight management leading to obesity, can affect blood flow and lead to ED symptoms. Aerobic exercises help in all these conditions and improve sexual functioning.

Is there an association between diet and sexual health?

From medications to psychosexual therapy, there are ways to help treat the symptoms of ED, PE, and other sexual disorders. However, many often forget that their lifestyle habits can bring about changes in their sexual health as well. One lifestyle modification that many take for granted is diet — a bad diet can cause many things from medical conditions such as hypertension to affecting sexual health and function. For example, there are foods that improve erectile function by aiding in improved blood flow, and increased testosterone and nitric oxide production.

How does alcohol affect sexual health?

Alcohol has the ability to interfere with sexual stimulation by disrupting the signals sent between the brain and the genitals. It is common for those with alcoholism to experience low sexual desire, disruption in arousal (lubrication in women, and erection in men), and ejaculation disorders (such as delayed ejaculation).

How does smoking affect sexual health?

Smoking affects the levels of testosterone in both males and females. This is because it raises carbon monoxide levels in the body which leads to lower production of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunctions such as low libido and premature ejaculation. Furthermore, smoking can affect fertility as well making it harder to conceive along with negatively impacting a pregnancy. Men who are smokers commonly have low sperm counts and slow-moving sperm along with concerns about sperm function. Women who are smokers experience egg loss, disruption in ovarian cells responsible for making oestrogen/estrogen, and an increased incidence of genetic abnormalities in their children.

How does stress affect sexual health?

Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that leads to lower levels of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunction symptoms. Furthermore, it can also alter brain signals needed for the genital organs to have optimal blood flow during sexual activity.
Other Sexual Disorders

Is there a solution to male performance anxiety?

Sexual performance anxiety is an anxiousness or panic that occurs before, or during sexual intercourse. There are various male performance anxiety solutions - the condition can be treated after a consultation with a professional; some of which include: learning relaxation techniques to help with stress management, managing mental health disorders, seeking couples therapy to aid in interpersonal concerns, and modifying lifestyles such as regular exercise and a healthy diet.

What is porn addiction and how does it affect sexual health?

Porn addiction refers to a person becoming excessively dependent on pornography leading to a disruption in their everyday life. This could include their job, relationships and at times, their day-to-day lifestyle. It is addiction that consists of compulsive sexual activity with the use of any forms of pornographic material, despite the negative consequences.

Porn addiction can negatively impact an individual's sex life. For example, it can lead to less satisfying sexual experiences and having high and unreasonable expectations from their partner.Some indicators reveal a porn addiction, such as:- Porn is negatively impacting an individual's life: putting their job or relationship in jeopardy
- Individuals hide their addiction, and/or feel ashamed or guilty after engaging in porn
- Individuals want to quit the addiction but are emotionally dependent on porn
- Individuals use porn as coping mechanisms

One of the side effects a porn addiction is said to have is sexual dysfunction. While it wouldn't be accurate to say that a porn addiction causes sexual dysfunction, it can have a significant impact on an individual’s sexual experiences.

Porn is notorious for leading individuals to have fantasy world expectations of sex, and what they or their partner can or can't do. In most cases, individuals find themselves unable to perform to the capacity that they see in porn. It has been revealed that men that have a porn addiction are more likely to experience porn-dependent erectile dysfunction.

What does Retrograde Ejaculation treatment include?

Retrograde Ejaculation is when semen enters the bladder during orgasm, rather than exiting through the penis. This condition doesn't commonly require treatment unless it disrupts fertility, for which case medications are prescribed to ensure the bladder neck muscles close during ejaculation.

What does Delayed Ejaculation treatment include?

Delayed ejaculation is when an individual requires extended periods of sexual stimulation to ejaculate or reach orgasm. Treatment for this condition is highly dependent on the cause behind it - however, this could include prescribed medications and psychological counseling.

What are the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

The symptoms of erectile dysfunction include:
Difficulty in getting an erection
Difficulty in maintaining an erection
Getting a partial erection, not firm/hard enough for vaginal penetration
Reduced libido or sexual desire
Increased anxiety and stress associated with sexual intercourse

Is Allo LGBTQIA+ friendly?

Yes, Allo health has a non-judgemental motto - our goal is to normalize sexual wellness for everyone.

Is Allo’s digital/remote treatment as effective as a physical consultation?

Yes, in the majority of the cases, a physical examination is not required. With technology allowing for the ability to bring about effective solutions, Allo solves for demand in the sexual wellness space.  An online consultation reduces unnecessary obstacles such as research, commute, waiting in line, etc without compromising anything for the consumer.

How much will I have to pay for my treatment plan and how long will it take?

Once your initial consultation has been completed, you can purchase your treatment plan. The payment of the treatment plan is highly dependent on the condition diagnosed, and the diagnostic tests, medication, and/or therapy sessions prescribed. Typically, the average cost of a treatment plan is Rs. 1846, and those who have followed it, typically see symptom improvements within 2-3 weeks.

Does Allo provide therapy sessions?

Sexual wellness from a holistic point of view caters to both the physical and psychological aspects of any diagnosed condition. There is a major psychological component to sexual disorders, for which we provide uninterrupted access to experts in the field.

Is the first consultation free?

Your first consultation with Allo is Rs. 500. After you purchase the treatment plan, your follow-up consultation will be free.

Will my doctor remain the same throughout?

Your consultant doctor with Allo will remain the same throughout your wellness journey. However, the consultant doctor can refer you to another specialist depending on your requirements.