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Ways to treat erectile dysfunction without surgery

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Do you know of someone who has erectile dysfunction (ED)? ED is a condition that deters a man from erecting and staying firm enough to have sex.

Usually, older men face such an issue. But there is also a range of reasons that leads to ED, including:

  • Stress
  • Smoking
  • Depression
  • Overweight
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Cardiovascular-related conditions
  • Overexposure to radiation at the pelvic region
  • Blood flow problems or nerve damage in the penis
  • High blood pressure or unhealthy cholesterol levels
  • Side effects of present treatments or medications for prostate diseases

Ladies, if your partners consistently face a low sexual desire or have difficulties getting an erection, they may have an ED. Similarly, having trouble maintaining that long-awaited erection during intercourse or premature ejaculation could be ED signs.

Thankfully, not all hope is lost.  Here are some ways to treat ED without surgery.

#1: Get up & get moving

For those who are against consuming medicine, maybe you would want to look into getting more active.

The main idea here is to improve your cardiovascular status, and you can do so with running, biking, jogging, or swimming. When there is increased blood flow throughout your body, it could lead to better circulation down there and improve your ED condition.

#2: Turn to oral drugs

Okay, so maybe a couple of you guys out there aren’t able to pump up your physical activity either due to immobility or health issues.

If so, you might want to turn to oral medication like Sildenafil (Viagra). It was the first oral medicine approved to help up the flow of blood to the penis. Thus, when engaging in sexual acts, an erection can be stimulated. Tadalafil (Cialis) and Vardenafil (Levitra) are also alternatives to try.

#3: Consider injection therapy
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Penile injection therapy can help tackle various erection issues related to the nerve, blood vessel, and psychological conditions.

The medical term to note is intracavernosal injection therapy, though most laymen refer to it as penile self-injection. During the process, you can DIY by injecting a small quantity of prostaglandin E1, papaverine, phentolamine, or a combination of these drugs into the side of your penis. The medicine will help relax your blood vessels and direct blood flow to the penis.

However, this method comes with side effects like pain and penile scarring (fibrosis).

#4: Use a vacuum constriction device

The abovementioned method could be too painful for some to bear. Why not use a vacuum constriction device for those who don’t mind putting up with some discomfort?

It is essentially a cylinder to put over your penis. Most are either hand-powered or battery-operated. It works by pumping air out of the cylinder, drawing blood into the penis, and causing an erection. The drawback is that the cylinder band that helps maintain the erection can only stay in place for about 20 minutes or less.

#5: Experience extracorporeal shock wave therapy (ESWT)

As we come to a close, we have ESWT. It is a method that uses low-intensity shock waves to form blood vessels in the erectile tissues. 

As a result, blood flow to the penis area will increase, and your erection will last longer. The good news is that the process is painless and non-invasive. But ready yourself as you may need to go through up to 12 sessions of 20-minute ESWT to see results.

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