Impotence or erectile dysfunction, ED for short, is the inability to achieve an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction is a problem faced by a lot of men, and it is not at all surprising that they are looking for answers. One can feel helpless after the realization, that he is facing this health condition. However, if you do not give up and stay positive, there are answers to this problem. This blog provides you with valuable information about erectile dysfunction, such as treatment options and how they can work for you. 

Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction 

1. Oral Medications

Oral medications like Viagra, Cialis and Levitra can help you with your Erectile Dysfunction problem. These medications allow you to achieve an erection by increasing blood flow to the penis. The effectiveness of these drugs varies from person to person, but they are generally considered safe when taken as prescribed by your doctor. 

2. Vacuum Pumps

Vacuum pumps are an external penis pump that creates a vacuum around the penis to help promote blood flow and an erection. These pumps are the oldest type of treatment for erectile dysfunction. While they are still an option, they have largely been replaced by other treatments.

The pump creates a negative pressure that draws blood into the penis, causing it to swell and harden. The effect is only temporary, but may be sufficient for intercourse or other sexual activity. Vacuum pumps can cause bruising or injury if they are used improperly, so it’s important to follow the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. 

3. Testosterone Replacement

Testosterone is a hormone produced by the body, which is responsible for sexual development, muscle growth and maintaining bone density. It also plays a role in regulating mood and behaviour. When it is not produced at normal levels, erectile dysfunction may occur. Some men have low testosterone levels due to a problem with their testicles, called hypogonadism, while other men have low testosterone levels due to ageing and other factors.

Testosterone replacement therapy is meant to increase the amount of testosterone in the body, and it also helps to improve sexual function and muscle mass. If you have low levels of testosterone in your body, you may experience symptoms such as fatigue and depression. TRT can improve these symptoms, allowing you to lead an active lifestyle and maintain your quality of life.

4. Penile Injections & Penile Implants

Penile injections and surgical implants are the most common treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED), but both have significant drawbacks.

Penile injectables, such as prostaglandin E1 (Alprostadil, Caverject) or papaverine, are effective in about 85% of men with ED. They cause an erection within 30 to 60 minutes without any side effects. However, they may not work for some men.

Penile implants are devices used to help men with erectile dysfunction get and maintain an erection. 

There are two main types of penile implants: semirigid and inflatable. Semirigid implants are solid and cannot be inflated. They simply make the penis rigid so that it can be erect. Inflatable implants are hollow and can be inflated using a pump that is located in the scrotum. 

Both types of penile implants have their pros and cons. Inflatable implants are more expensive but offer a more natural erection. Semirigid implants are less expensive but do not provide as natural an erection. Your doctor can help you decide which type of penile implant is right for you.

5. Exercise & Therapy

The next treatment for erectile dysfunction is exercise. It’s not so much about improving your ability to get an erection, but it does help you feel full of energy and sexier. In fact, studies have shown that men who exercise regularly have better sex lives than those who don’t. So get off the couch, hit the gym or go for a walk every day and watch your sex life improve!

If that doesn’t work for you, then talk to your doctor about therapy. Therapy is different from medicine in that it doesn’t treat symptoms like erectile dysfunction — it treats underlying causes like depression or anxiety. Your doctor might prescribe medication if you don’t respond well to therapy.

Final Thoughts

These days, there is no need to suffer in silence. If you have concerns about your erectile dysfunction, it’s OK to talk to your doctor about what can be done. And remember that there is hope—many people are able to get help for their ED with one of the different treatments available.

Krishma Patel is the Co-founder and the Superintendent Pharmacist at MedsNow, an online pharmacy in the UK that provides health and wellness products and treatments along with free online consultations. She is passionate about showcasing the integral function community pharmacies can play in supporting the healthcare system and the NHS by providing patients with high quality, safe and discreet access to healthcare at their convenience. Along with being the co-founder of MedsNow, Krishma is also the Director and the Superintendent Pharmacist of Enimed Ltd., an independent pharmacy group comprising 32 branches.
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