Erectile dysfunction treatment: Natural, Meds and Surgical procedure


Erectile dysfunction is one of the most common sex problems among men. It’s been said that about 30 million people suffer through the condition. Erectile dysfunction means difficulty in getting an erection for performing sexual intercourse.

It is not common to get an erection but if the condition remains for weeks and months then there’s a bigger problem that’s hidden behind. Erection can occur due to several reasons, hence don’t fall in the trap of stigma and negative projection in the society.

Some of the most common reasons for erectile dysfunction is due to limited blood flow in the penis or nerve damage. Sometimes, erectile dysfunction also works as a symptom for the risk of developing diseases like atherosclerosis, heart disease or diabetes. Aside from the physical changes in the body, you can also experience it due to mental problems like stress, anxiety and other emotional reasons.

Treatment for Erectile dysfunction

The standard treatment procedure for erectile dysfunction includes natural treatment, medications, vacuum pumps, implants and surgical operations. Depending upon your lifestyle, physical state and emotional relationship, you’ll be recommended with the treatment.

Here are some of the most common natural treatments to begin with and then we’ll cover all parts of the different types of treatment.

1. Natural Treatment

Panax Ginseng

Panax translates into “all-healing” from Greek. Panax ginseng is popular for improving and boosting erection. It’s a herbal supplement that comes from the root part of the plants. The red ginseng is especially recommended for effectively treating erectile dysfunction. Daily doses of about 600 to 1000 milligrams are advised for about three times.

The element is known as ginsenosides that are present in the Panax ginseng, work on the cellular level for the active treatment. Apart from treatment for erectile dysfunction, this herb also helps with inflammatory action, enhancing lung function, and improvement in the blood flow.

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA)

It is a naturally occurring hormone present in our body that is produced by our adrenal glands. Its supplement can be made from soy or wild yam. DHEA is produced for both men and women in their mid 20’s. With time it starts to decline with age similar to testosterone and estrogen.

Since DHEA act as a precursor to male and female hormones, taking its supplement can help to increase these sex hormones. It also serves several other benefits such as strengthening the immune system, providing more energy, building muscle and strength and improving mood and memory.

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2. Oral Drugs

Drugs known as PDE type-5 inhibitors help to increase blood flow in the penis. It is only type-5 inhibitors that are approved by the US FDA for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. The major drugs involve Viagra (sildenafil citrate), Levitra (vardenafil HCI), Stendra (avanafil) and Cialis (tadalafil).

Intake of these drugs is suggested to be taken about 1 or 2 hours before performing sexual activity. For the drug to be reactive, it required normal nerve function to the penis. The pills enhance the erectile response by helping the blood flow into the penis. It has led to greater change and treatment is erectile dysfunction since 7 out of 10 men provide to experience a better erection after its intake.

Side Effect: These pills don’t work great with diabetes or cancer patients. If you also take any other drugs or nitrate then you must not take any of these PDE5 inhibitors. It causes few side effects such as headache, muscle ache, indigestion, stuffy nose and more. Please consult your doctors before taking any of these pills since it can affect your health greatly.

3. Testosterone replacement therapy

TRT helps to treat inadequate low levels of testosterone. The therapy is done with the help of testosterone products such as gels, pills, patches, injections of cream.

4. Vacuum Erection Device

Vacuum erection devices involve a pump that is employed to help and maintain an erection by carrying out blood into the penis by air suction. Here’s how you use this device

  • Apply water-soluble jelly to the penis base for creating a tight seal.
  • Insert your penis in the tube and pump out the air slowly. It leads to the penis being filled with blood.
  • Place the band around your penis and continue to maintain your erection.

It takes about 30 minutes for men to keep an erection. Don’t forget to remove the band after performing the sexual activity as it can cut off blood flow and cause severe injury.

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Intracavernosal and Urethra Therapies

The drug called Alprostadil is approved by researchers for men with Erectile dysfunction. It is available in tow form: intracavernosal injection (ICI) or through the urethra (IU).

Intracavernosal therapy

It involves a direct injection into the penis which ensures that the vasoactive agents are injected where it’s needed to function. Alprostadil is injected in the side part of the penis using a very fine needle. Before trying or self-injecting, you must get practice or your first shot in the doctor’s office before taking things into your own hands. ICI therapy is greatly successful as the possibility of getting an erection to consult sexual intercourse with about 85% for men.

ICI ALprostadil works even better with the combination of the other two main drugs. The mixed therapy is known as bimix or trimix that is stronger together than single alprostadil. However, only Alprostadil is approved by the US FDA so there is a debatable risk.

You should also look out for the amount of dosage you consume. The correct amount of intake would be informed by the severity of your erectile dysfunction with the help of medical professionals. Hence knowing the right information and amount would help you escape any risk. Don’t try it out yourself without any supervision. Take training from physicals on how to inject, how much and how to use it safely.

ICI therapy produces a definite erection, it often comes after 30-40 minutes after it’s injected. It can also go one after your orgasm since it is not controlled by the penile nerves.

Side Effects: The common negative impact of ICI therapy is getting an erection for long hours. If you experience an erection that lasts about four to five hours then look for immediate help from doctors. It can be extremely painful and if it is not treatment or erection fails to be back normal then you can get serious damage.

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Intraurethral (IU) Therapy

IU therapy involves the treatment of erectile dysfunction by increasing the flow of the blood to the penis to maintain an erection. This procedure involves inserting a tiny Alprostadil into the urethra which carries itself out of the body through the penis. Though it’s not that effective compared to ICI therapy, it does prove to work greatly and harmlessly.

Side Effect: The well-known negative impacts of IU therapy is feeling a burning sensation in the penis. In this case also, if the erection lasts for more than 4 or 5 hours, seek immediate help.

Surgical Treatment

Erectile dysfunction surgical treatment involves the insertion of penile implants. After failing the natural treatment, oral PDE5 inhibitors, ICU therapy, implants are the next big step towards the treatment. It has one of the highest risks of success in erectile dysfunction treatment but also comes with various risks that can create negative impacts.

The implants are devices that are inserted completely inside the men’s body. Which leads to the penis turning firm and hard that acts as a normal penis for sex. There are two different types of penis implants. Read on to find out:

Semi-rigid Implant

The semi-rigid implant is always firm but it is semi. Due to its shape, it can bend away from the body for sex and later inwards towards the body for concealing it. The rod of implants is made from two easy to bend silicone rods.

Inflatable Implant

Inflatable implants are the most common ones in use. These can be inflated to cause an erection and deflated when not in use. Fluid-filled cylinders are inserted in the penis. Where the tubing joins these cylinders together to a pump placed inside the scrotum.
To get the erection, you’ll have to pump the fluid from the reservoir into the cylinders. After this, you let the valve inside the scrotum to completely drain back into the reservoir.

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