Erectile Dysfunction (ED) treatment completely depends on its causes. Including medication, you may also need some therapies or undergo lifestyle changes.
The most common and popular treatment of ED is oral medicines, referred to as phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitors. They work by blocking the PDE-5 enzyme which in turn creates an increased level of blood flow. This medicine is prescribed to be taken just before sex.
The following medications stimulate the blood flow to help treat erectile dysfunction:
- Viagra (Sildenafil)
- Levitra (Vardenafil)
- Cialis (Tadalafil)
- Spedra (Avanafil)
- Caverject (Alprostadil)
- Testosterone (Androderm)
Note: None of these tablets will work unless you are sexually aroused.
A cream may be applied to the tip of the penis and the surrounding area. The application is 5 to 30 minutes before having sex.
Before the availability of tablets, injection was the most common treatment for Erectile Dysfunction (ED). A medicine (Alprostadil Injection) is injected into the base of the penis. It increases the blood flow and within 15 minutes, an erection occurs. This works very well.
Note: The injection works and erects the penis, even if you are not sexually aroused.
The Urethral medication (Alprostadil) is ready to use. It has plastic applicator which is filled with the medicine. Insert the applicator 1.25 inches into the opening of the penis. Push out a pellet from the applicator into a canal where urine travels. The medicine is quickly absorbed into the penis which causes an erection within 10-15 minutes.
Note: This medicine is not very effective as a very small percentage of the dose penetrates the penis; rest is absorbed into the bloodstream.
Different devices are available. The basic idea is to put your penis into a plastic container. A pump sucks out the air from the container, creating a vacuum. This causes blood to flow into the penis, resulting in an erection. A rubber band is placed at the other end of the penis to keep the blood into the penis. This will keep the penis erect. Remove the plastic container and for about 30 minutes the penis remains erect until the rubber band is removed.
A rod is inserted into the penis with medical help. The basic type of rod has to be straightened by hand. The other is an expensive type which works with an inbuilt pump which causes an erection.
There are many physical concerns related to Erectile Dysfunction (ED); Obesity, lack of physical activities, smoking, consumption of alcohol, are a few to start with. Hence, some lifestyle changes would be recommended by experts. For some heart diseases, or blood cholesterol levels, your doctor can surely prescribe some medicines.
The positive changes will definitely work with the ED medications delivering good results.
As we know, besides physical concerns, there can be many psychological factors leading to Erectile Dysfunction (ED). At times, couple counselling, sex therapies, and meditations work wonders here.
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