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Treating Erectile Dysfunction Without Viagra or PDE5 inhibitors

How to Treat Erectile Dysfunction without Cialis, Levitra or the Little Blue Pill

Viagra, the little blue pill that started it all, is today nearly synonymous with erectile dysfunction treatment. It is easy to forget that Viagra is not the be-all and end-all in treating impotence. And with warnings resurfacing in the past moth about Viagra’s more potent side-effects, vision and hearing loss, many men may be wondering exactly what options they have. In the jungle of erectile dysfunction therapies, not all treatments are equal.

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Prescription Drugs
Viagra is only one of several medicines in the group known as PDE5 inhibitors, which work by relaxing the muscles in the penis which constrict blood flow and thus allow blood to flow freely into the erectile tissues. Popular alternatives include Cialis and Levitra. Both are effective quicker and longer than Viagra and are therefore favoured by many men and doctors.

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Choosing to go with a prescription drug to treat erectile dysfunction means a high rate of success. Pharmaceuticals have been tested and the way they work is mostly underpinned by science. They do, however, come with side-effects and it should be noted that both Cialis and Levitra, along with Viagra, came under scrutiny in 2007 for potentially causing hearing loss.

Injections
Self-injections are a very quick and effective means of dealing with erectile dysfunction and often work even in men with significant nerve damage. It does require a man willing to administer injections into the soft tissue of his penis, which may be both difficult and slightly painful for some. Most injections also need to be refrigerated, and pulling out a needle and wandering to the fridge certainly puts a damper on sexual spontaneity. Unlike prescription pills, injections will usually produce an erection with or without mental and physical stimulation.

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Testosterone
If a man’s erectile problems are caused by a low libido, then testosterone therapy is a possible solution. This hormone is associated with high sex drives in both men and women. Both prescription gels and patches can give erections a significant boost.

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Urethral Suppository
Most urethral suppositories work in much the same way as the erectile dysfunction pills, the difference lies in how the drug is administered and which active ingredients cause the muscles to relax. After urination, the man gently squeezes the tip of his penis to open the urethra and inserts a small pellet with an applicator, after which he massages the penis for a short while to help ensure that the pellet is fully dissolved. The side effects are similar to those of pills and though suppositories are fairly quick to work, they do not produce quite as strong erections as injections.

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Herbal Supplements
From ginseng to horny goat weed, the herbal supplements aisle is vast! Even though many remedies have been tested with positive results in peer-reviewed publications, there are still many doctors who simply do not “believe” in the existence of herbal aphrodisiacs. Men interested in trying herbal supplements should do so with care and buy from companies with certificates of authenticity and analysis. Remember too that neither “herbal” nor “natural” means “safe” – some of the most potent poisons in the world are natural – so speak to your doctor to ensure that the supplements do not interact negatively with any prescription drugs.

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Pumps
Some men swear by them. Others view them as weird antiquated torture devices. Penis pumps work by creating a vacuum around the penis so that blood is drawn in. In order to ensure that the erection does not subside the moment the vacuum is released, a rubber ring is placed at the bottom of the shaft to cut off blood flow. Figures vary widely on just how effective it is, but it is certainly an option for men who for one reason or another do not want to use pharmaceuticals. Effect is immediate, although it could be harmful to maintain an erection like this for more than 30 minutes.

Cockrings
For men who can get an erection, but have trouble maintaining it, a cockring may be an option. This simple device is usually made from plastic, rubber, silicone or leather and is placed on the bottom of the shaft once an erection is reached. By restricting the blood flow out of the penis it ensures that the erection does not subside. Note that damage can be caused if an erection is maintained this way for longer than 30 minutes.

Lifestyle Change
For many men impotence is a side-effect of a greater condition of deteriorating health. Among other things, it may be related to cardiac and vascular health, energy levels, or diabetes. By reversing those issues with a healthy lifestyle, beginning erectile dysfunction issues can often be resolved too. Consult your doctor for the best natural way to treat your condition.

Surgery
For the men who have tried everything else, there is also surgery. Inflatable devices are placed in the penis and connected to a pump in the scrotum and a reservoir of fluid in the abdomen. When the pump is squeezed, the fluid is released into the inflation devices causing the penis to become erect. Surgery is very effective, but of course also very invasive.

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