The introduction of Viagra in 1998 was perhaps the single greatest gift to generations of men dealing with erectile dysfunction. Viagra is nothing short of a wonder drug and has helped hundreds of millions of men improve their performance in bed. But Viagra is not the only treatment for erectile dysfunction.
Indeed, there are other great treatments that improve sexual function in men that range from pumps to suppositories and from surgical implants to injections. We will look at each of these treatments in detail. But before we do that, here’s what you should know…
Never seek out any of these treatments on your own, without talking to a doctor first. It is absolutely important that you should get the professional opinion of a doctor, discuss your sexual and medical history with him before going ahead with any of the treatments described here. There is a medical explanation for every condition and getting the right medical advice is the first step to getting better.
Here are the 7 Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction That Work…
Pills such as Viagra (sildenafil citrate), Cialis (tadalafil), and Levitra (vardenafil) are among the best treatments for erectile dysfunction. They are all PDE-5 inhibitors that operate in a similar manner. They relax the smooth muscles of the penis and increase blood flow to it. As the blood rushes to the penis, you are likely to get an erection in anywhere from 15 to 20 minutes as long as there is enough of a stimulation.
It is important to understand that Viagra and other drugs such as Kamagra or Cialis do not increase your sexual desire. The sexual desire has to come from within. What they do is to improve the mechanics of your sex organs. They make you capable of having a rock hard erection, one that lasts for the entire duration of the sexual encounter.
These pills are generally safe and have few side effects. However those with high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes or a heart condition should not take them. They should be taken only based on a doctor’s advice and not for recreational purposes.
If the pharmaceuticals pills suggested above do not work, your doctor would suggest other measures, such as injecting the medication into the base or the side of the penis using a needle. Alprostadil is an injectable drug that is often used in a combination with other medications like vasodilator papaverine and phentolamine.
If you hate needles, you can have suppositories such as MUSE—containing the drug alprostadil inserted into the urethra. Suppositories release the medication over time. The only problem is it takes away from the spontaneity of sex as you will have to prepare and plan the whole thing beforehand.
Pumps are used to increase blood flow to the penis just before intercourse. Whenever air is pumped out of the tube, it pulls blood into the erectile tissue. These tiny equipments do not require a doctor’s prescription and can be bought over the counter. They don’t cost much either. But there is a risk that you might bruise your penis during the pumping.
Constriction rings or cock rings are worn around the base of the penis. They are very effective at slowing down the speed at which blood leaves the penis. They prolong the erection once you have already achieved it using techniques such as pumps. Cock rings should not be worn for more than 30 minutes at a time.
Penile implants are today more sophisticated than ever before. They consist of cylinders implanted in the erection chambers of the penis, which are then inflated using a hydraulic pump that is implanted in the scrotum. Implants are quite effective, but a lot of people find them uncomfortable.
Vascular Surgery is often used as the last resort for men suffering from erectile dysfunction. Less than 1% of men who have ED get vascular surgery done. There are only a few surgeons around the world who specialize in this and it is a very complex procedure, which is why it is the most expensive treatment for ED.
So these are 7 of the most effective treatments for erectile dysfunction and they have high success rates. Do consult your doctor before using any of them.