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These ED “Cures” Can Make the Problem Worse

These ED “Cures” Can Make the Problem Worse

Men who are suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED), will try just about anything to get back the performance and stamina they used to have in the bedroom. Unfortunately, some of those “fixes” can actually make the problem worse.

In fact, some of the most popular ED treatments have effects that can last long after their effects have worn off.

Here are some of the risky side effects associated with four common ED treatments.

The little blue pill

Since 1998, when Viagra was approved for market, men have been bombarded with advertisements for ED drugs. And all those marketing dollars have worked. Just because people are popping them like candy doesn’t mean they’re safe. The three most popular medicines for ED—Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra—all have significant risks, ranging from splitting headache, back pain, upset stomach, flushing, and blurred vision to heart attack, mini-strokes, and even death.[1]

[1] Lowe G, Costabile RA. 10-Year analysis of adverse event reports to the Food and Drug Administration for phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors. J Sex Med. 2012;9(1):265-270.

There’s a reason more and more men are turning away from these drugs and looking for real, safe solutions to their ED!

Injections

If the notion of sticking a needle in your penis in order to get an erection leaves you cringing, you’re not alone. But injections pose risks beyond discomfort. Some of the most common injectible ED medications—alprostadil, papaverine, phentolamine—can cause hives, fainting, dizziness, bleeding, liver damage, digestive upset … the list goes on. And let’s not forget priapism—an erection that won’t quit and will land you in the ER instead of enjoying a post-lovemaking embrace.

Plus, as time goes on, you’re doing damage to your penis with each injection. That’s because each puncture can cause scar tissue. And that scar tissue can cause a severe curve to develop in the penis—a condition called Peyronie’s disease. In addition, scar tissue can make it difficult or impossible to get an erection.

If you have scar tissue from using penile injections, there’s a therapy that can help. It’s called Acoustic Wave Therapy, and it can help break up scar tissue, improve blood flow, and stimulate nerve endings in the penis.

Vacuum pumps

Vacuum, or pumps, use suction and constriction to help a man achieve and maintain an erection for long enough to have intercourse. The good thing about vacuum pumps is that they don’t require any drugs. That means they don’t have the same contraindications that pills and injections can have. But as with pills and injections, they come with risks.

The main issue is that an erection achieved with a pump doesn’t feel the same as a natural erection. There can be numbness, bruising, and a decrease in the force of ejaculation.

But the biggest problem is that if the device doesn’t have a “quick release” feature, the excessive, prolonged suction can cause serious injury to the penis.

Implants

The last resort for some men with ED is a penile implant. These implants can either be bendable rods or inflatable prostheses. Implants are typically used when there’s a serious medical reason for ED, but they’re also sometimes used for Peyronie’s Disease.

Before you consider an implant, make sure you’ve truly considered all other options, because once you’ve had an implant you can’t go back to normal penile function. The surgery may make it impossible to have a natural erection again. And, of course, implants come with risks. Some are standard for any surgery—bleeding or infection, for instance. Others include scar tissue, problems with the device that require further surgery, or erosion of the tissue around the device.

 

Low-Risk Help for ED

If you’re currently experiencing ED, all these risks may make you wonder whether it’s possible to have a natural, pleasurable, pain-free erection again. The good news is that there are safe and effective options available—without drugs, surgery, or clunky, mood-killing devices.

Contact us today to find out how our cutting-edge therapies can help you regain what you’ve lost and feel like yourself again.

7 Tips for Stronger Erections

7 Tips for Stronger Erections

 

It’s a tricky topic to talk about. For many men who have trouble maintaining a strong erection, it’s just too embarrassing to mention.

 

That’s why, even though around 30 million men in the United States struggle with erection problems in some form, so many suffer in silence.

 

But in fact there are simple, safe strategies you can use that may help strengthen your erection. Here are 7 everyday tips that could help get things moving in the right direction.

Tip 1: Watch what you eat

Getting a solid erection is all about good blood flow. So anything that’s bad for your vascular system is also bad for your bedroom performance.

 

A diet that includes lots of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meat and fish, and heart-healthy fats like nuts and olive oil, is the best for keeping cholesterol and blood pressure under control, and keeping blood vessels healthy—including those bringing blood to the penis. (And recent research has shown that men eating a ‘Mediterranean-style’ diet like this are less likely to have erection problems.)

 

Maintaining a healthy weight is also key. Obesity itself can bring down testosterone levels, and type 2 diabetes, which is linked with being overweight, not only accelerates arterial disease (bad for blood flow), it also slows down nerve transmission, which can make erections elusive.

 

If it’s too late to avoid diabetes, be vigilant in checking and controlling your blood sugar—recent Italian study, men who are careless about controlling their levels a higher chance of major erection problems than those who stay on top of things.

Tip 2: Get up and move!

Nothing encourages blood flow like aerobic exercise. Exercise also builds the body’s nitric oxide, which is what stimulates the erectile tissue in the penis.

 

Things like running and swimming definitely help with erection problems – but you might want to think twice about doing a lot of cycling. The blood vessels and nerves supplying the penis can suffer when there’s a lot of pressure on the perineum (the area between the scrotum and anus)—so if you do want to spend time on a bike, make sure your saddle fits comfortably, wear padded cycling pants and be sure to stand up frequently to stop things getting numb!

 

Even walking is great—researchers have found that walking just 2 miles a day can significantly reduce ED risk.

Tip 3: Ditch the cigarettes

Researchers at the University of Kentucky asked men to rate their sex lives on a scale of 1 to 10. They found that, while men who smoked averaged a disappointing 5, nonsmokers rated their bedroom satisfaction at a super-healthy 9.

 

Smoking sabotages your performance in several ways. Cigarettes not only damage your vascular system outright, but nicotine also makes blood vessels contract, so blood just can’t pump through to the penis as it should. What’s more, smoking may make penile tissue less elastic and prevent it from stretching.

 

If you ever needed (another) good reason to quit, surely this is it!

Tip 4: Cut down on drinking

There’s no evidence that moderate alcohol consumption is bad for erectile function—but long-term heavy drinking can definitely cause nerve damage and hormonal imbalances that lead to performance problems.

 

And in the short term, a big dose of booze acts as a depressant on the nervous system—which can pull the plug on sexy-time arousal.

 

Best to keep it to two drinks a day, maximum—especially on date night—to give yourself the best chance in the bedroom.

Tip 5: Don’t give up your morning Joe

Coffee can help, surprisingly. Researchers at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston found that men who drank 2 to 3 cups of coffee per day were less likely to suffer from erection problems than those who chose caffeine-free drinks.

Tip 6: Decompress and destress

Stress is definitely bad news for an erection. Not only does psychological upset mess with performance from an emotional standpoint, but the hiked adrenaline levels that go with it make blood vessels contract—and, once again, restricted flow means no-go.

 

So anything you can do to ease tension and feel better emotionally is likely to give your sex life a boost. Many men find meditation, yoga (great for circulation too!) and even acupuncture help them relax enough to reduce their erection problems.

Tip 7: Get your snooze on

Did you know that every night while you sleep you have up to five erections, each up to an hour long? Those erections are ‘recharging’ your penis—keeping it healthy and well-nourished with oxygenated blood. So it seems the more shut-eye you get, the happier your penis will be!

 

And on your way to bed, have a good yawn. Yawning and getting an erection are both controlled by nitric oxide, released in the brain—so a big yawn can actually cause a bit of a lift below the belt!

 

If you’re still struggling, don’t worry. There are other super-effective treatments that could help you—without drugs, surgery or needles. Contact Evolution Medical Group to talk to one of our specialists about safe, groundbreaking procedures like acoustic wave therapy and bioidentical hormone therapy, that could transform your life.