Erectile dysfunction is defined as a man’s incapacity to achieve or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual intercourse. One of the most important steps to address erectile dysfunction is to consult with a doctor and have a thorough checkup. This will reveal the possible causes of one’s erectile dysfunction. You might be suffering from a condition like heart disease, high blood pressure, hypertension or diabetes or certain types of health problems that ED may be contributing to your impotence.
When the doctor is able to diagnose you with ED, then the next step is for you to undergo an erectile dysfunction therapy that caters to your budget and need. Around 70% of men who are suffering from any kind of physical disorders are more likely to acquire erectile dysfunction problems.
Viagra and Other ED Medications
There are many approaches to treating ED. Furthermore, the nature of one’s ED will determine what type of treatment he needs. A lot of men take the easy and temporal approach by taking pills such as Viagra each time he has sexual intercourse with his partner. Viagra is often the most prescribed treatment for ED by doctors and the easiest way to temporarily overcome ED. The problem with Viagra is that it has negative side effects like anxiety, palpitation, rapid breathing and hot flushes among others.
Medications like Viagra address erectile dysfuntion by preventing nitric oxide from breaking down. Nitric oxide is the chemical in the body that enables the blood vessels and the smooth muscles in the penis to dilate or relax causing blood flow to increase into the penis. When the nitric oxide breaks down, the blood vessels and muscles start to causing the blood flow in the penis to stop which also stops the erection.
Meds having PDE-5 inhibitors like the drug taladafil can boost sex drive for more than a day because it causes the smooth muscles in the penis to relax for a considerable period of time, allowing blood to flow freely into the penis. Drugs with a hormone called alprostadil also relax the smooth penis muscles and allow blood to flow into the penis to create an erection. The problem is this hormone needs to be injected into the penis using a very thin needle.
Implants and Vacuum Devices
Vacuum devices are one type of ED treatments that are becoming popular due to their effectiveness. A vacuum device is a type of plastic pump where the penis is inserted. The air from inside the pump is pumped out making the penis swell and erect. The erection can be sustained for the whole duration of sexual intercourse.
An implant on the other hand is an inflatable penile prosthesis surgically inserted into the penis. The implant also comes with a device that pumps in liquid to the prosthesis surgically placed inside implanted inside the penis. The implant makes the penis swell and stay erect. With implants, the size of the penis can even be adjusted depending on the preference of the user.