Understanding the Solutions to Erectile Dysfunction
1. Oral Drugs
There are oral drugs approved by the FDA to treat erectile dysfunction. All work by increasing the flow of blood into the penis so that when a man is sexually stimulated, he can get an erection.
However, you should completely avoid using these if you are at the following conditions:
- Suffering from a heart attack, stroke or life threatening arrhythmia (irregular heart rate) within the last 6 months
- Uncontrolled high or low blood pressure
- Experiencing chest pain during sex
These drugs are said to have the ff side effects:
Upset stomachache or heartburn
Flushing (feeling warm)
Changes in vision (colour, glare)
2. Vacuum Constriction Device (VCD)
A vacuum constriction device (VCD) is an external pump with a band on it that a man with ED can use to get and maintain an erection. The VCD consists of an acrylic cylinder with a pump that may be attached directly to the end of the penis.
A constriction ring or band is placed on the cylinder at the other end, which is applied to the body. The cylinder and pump are used to create a vacuum to help the penis become erect; the band or constriction ring is used to help maintain the erection. The pump helps the penis become erect while the band maintains the erection.
Side Effects of VCD:
- A black and blue mark or small area of bruising on the shaft of the penis. This is usually painless and will generally resolve in a few days.
- Decrease in the force of the ejaculation. The constriction band traps the ejaculate or semen at the time of orgasm. This is not dangerous and usually does not cause pain. The semen will usually dribble out once the constriction band is removed. Generally, this does not interfere with the pleasure of a climax or orgasm.
3. Penile Prosthesis
A penile prosthesis is another treatment option for men with erectile dysfunction. These devices are either malleable or inflatable. The simplest type of prosthesis consists of a pair of malleable (bendable) rods surgically implanted within the erection chambers of the penis.
With this type of implant the penis is always semi-rigid and merely needs to be lifted or adjusted into the erect position to initiate sex. Today, many men choose a hydraulic, inflatable prosthesis, which allows a man to have an erection whenever he chooses and is much easier to conceal. It is also more natural.
A penile implant is usually used when there is a clear medical cause for ED and when the problem is unlikely to resolve or improve naturally with other medical treatments. Sometimes a penile prosthesis is implanted during surgery to reconstruct the penis when scarring has caused erections to curve (Peyronie's disease).
4. Vascular Reconstructive Surgery
Vascular reconstructive surgery is performed to improve the blood supply of the penis in attempts to improve a man's ability to get and maintain an erection. Because the procedure is technically difficult, costly and not always effective, it is very rarely performed.
Unfortunately, the long-term results from this type of surgery have been disappointing with even the best of results showing only 1 out of 20 men improved. However, for younger men with a single damaged blood vessel that occurred as a result of a pelvic or genital injury, the success rate for this treatment is higher (50%-75%).
5. Alternative treatments
Alternative Treatments include Nutritional Supplements, Acupuncture, Herbal Remedies
Most men prefer to go au naturel, they prefer to take herbal supplements as their way of holistic natural healing. Scientific research are focusing on providing medications that are more effective, work rapidly, and have fewer, if any, side effects than the currently available treatments.
6. Open communication with your partner
Erectile Dysfunction affects both partners in a relationship. Explain your medical condition to your partner in a clear and truthful way. Discuss treatment options with your partner and explore alternative techniques to receive sexual pleasure. Keep the lines of communication open and also consider couples counseling.
7. Supporting your partner
Learn as much as you can about ED. Knowledge is power, so the more you know, the more you’ll be able to support your partner. When seeking treatment, you and your partner should both agree on a method that best fits your lifestyle. Let your partner know that he’s not alone.
Remind him that ED is a fairly common and very treatable medical condition. ED is not a reflection on his masculinity or lack of attraction or desire for you. You should also support your partner in any efforts to change his lifestyle (such as encouraging a proper diet, quitting smoking or use of any recreational drugs) to deal with ED.
- Go with him to see the doctor. If your partner is agreeable, accompany him when he sees his doctor. This is another way to show that you’re concerned to treat this condition.
- Remind him that there are many options for successful treatment. If your partner does not succeed initially, encourage him to continue to visit the doctor and explore other options.
You should also discuss your feelings and let your partner know that you care. Stay positive. Do not talk about blame; instead, talk about what you and your partner want and need and how to achieve it. Try alternative techniques to obtain sexual satisfaction by finding other way to obtain and receive pleasure without pressuring your partner to perform.
Until then, stay healthy.
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Understanding the Solutions to Erectile Dysfunction