Inflatable implants are a pair of tubes placed in the penis and connected to a squeezable pump inside the scrotum. You squeeze the pump to get an erection. Inflatable implants can also help slightly increase length and width.
Some herbal products and supplements can cause side effects or interact with other medicines. Talk to your doctor or pharmacist before you try an alternative treatment for erectile dysfunction, especially if you're taking medications or you have a chronic health problem such as heart disease or diabetes.
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Before you conclude that brand-name Viagra is superior for that reason, though, consider how much more leeway sildenafil’s strength gives you and your doctor to dial in the best dosage for you. You’ve got more control over it, and of course, the best dosage of any prescription medication will be the smallest dosage that produces the desired effects. Smaller dosage means less cost to you and less risk of side effects. And sildenafil is already much cheaper than Viagra.
Another second-line therapy is the use of alprostadil, either intracavernosal or intraurethral. Two products are available for direct injection, Caverject (Pfizer) or Edex (Actient). A small needle is used to inject the medication into the lateral aspect of the penis through a small-gauge needle.
L-arginine supplementation is possibly unsafe for men with blood pressure problems or men who have had a heart attack, allergies, or asthma.
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Even if you’re wary of trying a full-blown male sex toy, don’t be intimidated by small devices that are specifically designed to prevent erectile dysfunction. There are erection rings - little plastic devices that fit snugly at the base of the penis - that help men stay firm. You can’t keep them on for long, but they may be worth trying.
Did you know that certain medical condition may be responsible for ED? Some causes of impotence are medically treatable and reversible. Learn more about what can be done about erectile dysfunction with the Impotence Quiz.
When you’re living with erectile dysfunction (ED), you’ll consider doing just about anything to get your sex life back on track. Eating roots like ginseng -- fine. Drinking special juices like pomegranate -- tasty. Even becoming a human pin-cushion for a treatment like acupuncture -- bring it on.
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But erectile dysfunction is also caused by mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, stress, and trouble with relationships. That’s why visiting a medical doctor for erectile dysfunction treatment is so valuable.
Patients can find ED to be a very difficult subject and outright, initial declaration of their problem a huge barrier to diagnosis and treatment (and this might also depend on the gender of the doctor or the patient's relationship with them).2
The patient considering prosthesis implantation, should be aware of the different types of prosthesis, risks of infection and erosion, mechanical failure and resulting re-operations, differences from the normal flaccid and erect penis including the possibility of penile shortening, and the potential reduction in the effectiveness of other therapies if the device is subsequently removed.