Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be devastating to a man. Frustrating and life-altering, ED can tear through your romantic relationship or marriage and undermine the love and trust you have with your partner. When this is happening, you want effective solutions. Now, thanks to medical advancement, there are successful treatments for Erectile Dysfunction.
Before you can fix your ED, you should contact your doctor so that he or she can determine if there are any underlying medical conditions that are causing or worsening your condition. The cause and severity of your ED will give your doctor the information he or she needs to treat you properly. Depending on his/her findings, you may have several options for treatment that you can choose. You will probably want to involve your partner so that they can also have a say and help in choosing the best options. Involving your partner can be part of a long-term solution.
Treatments for ED
Because Erectile Dysfunction is so prevalent with 30 million American men suffering from the condition, many medical treatment solutions have been found. Knowing your options and deciding what is best for you is a good step to recovery.
There are several medications for ED available on the market today. They are:
- Sildenafil (Viagra)
- Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis)
- Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
- Avanafil (Stendra)
Nitric oxide — a natural chemical your body produces that relaxes muscles in the penis – is enhanced by all four of these medications. This relaxation creates more blood flow to the penis, giving you the ability to be aroused by sexual stimulation.
However, don’t expect that by taking one pill your ED problem will be solved. The pills are not aphrodisiacs. You need sexual stimulation first, then the pills can work. Dosages vary, as well as how long the effect lasts., Plus these pills can be expensive and there are side effects, including:
- Nasal congestion
- Visual changes
- Stomach upset
In addition, these medications take time to work so you’ll need to work with your doctor to find the right one and the appropriate dosage. If you’re taking Erectile Dysfunction medications, you’ll need to be patient. Sometimes the medications don’t work, especially after prostate surgery or if you have diabetes.
The medications mentioned above are not the only medication options available. You can also get the following:
- Alprostadil self-injection. Using a fine needle, you inject Alprostadil (Caverject Impulse, Edex) into the base or side of your penis. Not only can you inject Alprostadil, you can also inject other medications used for other conditions, such as Papaverine and Phentolamine. These combination medications are known as bimix (two medications are included) or trimix (three are included).
The dosage for each injection should create an erection that last no longer than one hour. Pain at the injection site is minimal because the needle is so fine.
Side effects are the following:
- Mild bleeding from the injection
- Prolonged erection (priapism)
- Formation of fibrous tissue at the injection site
- Alprostadil urethral suppository. With Alprostadil intraurethral (Muse) therapy, using a special applicator, you place a tiny alprostadil suppository inside the penile urethra in your penis.
Within ten minutes, the erection starts. It’ll last between 30 and 60 minutes. Side effects can include:
- Minor bleeding in the urethra
- Formation of fibrous tissue inside your penis
- Testosterone replacement. Low levels of testosterone can complicate Erectile Dysfunction. Because of this, your doctor may recommend testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) as the first step, or in some cases, in combination with other treatments.
Penis Pumps and Penile Implants
If medications don’t work or are not right for you, your doctor may recommend some alternatives like penis pumps, penis implants and penis surgery.
- Penis Pumps. A penis pump is a vacuum erection device. Using a hollow tube, you place your penis inside the tube. With the other hand, you hold a hand-powered or battery-powered pump. Squeezing the pump, air is sucked out of the tube, causing blood to pump into the penis. This gives you the erection you want. To maintain the erection, a small tension ring should be placed at the base of the penis to hold the blood, keeping your penis firm. You can then take the penis pump off. An erection usually lasts long enough for a couple to have sex.
- Penile Implants. With surgery, penile implant devices are placed on both sides of the penis. The implants are rods made of inflatable or malleable (bendable) material. The inflatable penis implants allow you to decide when and how long you have an erection. The malleable penis implants give a firm, yet flexible erection.
Penile implants are usually only recommended by doctors when medications haven’t worked. Also, because it’s a surgery there are always risks, such as infection, so the decision to undertake this solution should be carefully weighed
Shockwave Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction is the latest technology for ED. The therapy, using shockwaves, is designed to give you the ability to have an erection on your own. There are no medications, needles or suppositories involved, giving you the ability to initiate sex confidently and without interruption.
Shockwave Therapy uses acoustic wave energy to trigger the process of neovascularization to certain parts of the body. New blood vessels form with this process, allowing more blood flow to the regions of the body it targets.
If you’re interested in learning more about Shockwave Therapy for ED, please complete the enclosed form, so one of our clinical advisors can contact you with additional information.
Recent studies have shown that moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise can help prevent and even get rid of Erectile Dysfunction. Of course, if you have a health condition like heart disease, that doesn’t allow for exercise, this won’t be an option for you. Always talk to your doctor before starting any exercise program.
In many cases ED can be caused by stress, anxiety or depression, so your doctor may recommend that you or you and your partner go for psychological counseling.
It’s comforting to know there are so many different treatment options available today for Erectile Dysfunction. Be sure to consult with your doctor as some solutions are more complicated than others. Your doctor will be able to recommend and prescribe the best ED treatment for you. please complete the enclosed form or call us today to receive more information about the painless and effective solution using the latest technology, Shockwave Therapy for ED,