There are several treatments for erectile dysfunction, including male enhancement pills and surgery. Treatments vary in terms of effectiveness, while surgery and male enhancement pills come with their own unique risks that can cause men additional—and possibly more severe—health problems.
The Basics of Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man has difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection. Erectile dysfunction may be the result of many possible factors, and is associated with painful, sexually-limiting conditions such as Peyronie’s disease (according to Mayo Clinic).
Erectile dysfunction is characterized by poor sexual health in men, which presents as an inability to get an erection, trouble maintaining erections, or having weak erections. ED is a problem commonly associated with old age, but research published in the journal Translational Andrology and Urology shows that young men commonly suffer from ED—they are just frequently misdiagnosed or dismissed.
Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction may experience a number of related problems, including but not limited to:
- A deflated sense of self-esteem
- Difficulty maintaining romantic relationships
Sexual health is an indispensable aspect of most men’s existence, and without it, quality of life and overall health may be seriously diminished. While it is vitally important for a man to mitigate his erectile dysfunction, it is just as important that he does so in a manner that is low-risk and likely to be effective.
Male Enhancement Pills May Cause Men Further Health Problems
Countless men who are tired of living with erectile dysfunction see advertisements for VIAGRA® and other male enhancement pills. They take such oral male enhancement pills not realizing that those pills can cause serious side effects.
Healthline reports that some of the possible harm caused by male enhancement pills include:
- Runny nose or congestion
- Erections that last more than four hours, which may require a hospital for treatment
- Indigestion and other discomforts in the digestive system
- Hearing or vision changes
- Complete hearing or vision loss
These are just a few of the most severe consequences that may arise from taking the little blue pill, or some other form of male enhancement product. While advertisements and popular culture often make light of male enhancement pills and surgery, they aren’t a treatment course for ED that should be taken lightly.
Surgery for ED is Very Risky
According to Cleveland Clinic, men have several options for treating erectile dysfunction via surgery, including but not limited to penis implants. However, a man shouldn’t consider these options until he has explored less invasive courses of treatment that won’t cost as much or put him at the level of risk that surgery can.
Possible surgery patients will be evaluated based on criteria such as:
- Their age
- Their cardiovascular health
- Any underlying conditions that may lead to complications during surgery (such as diabetes)
- Other factors that may pose a risk during surgery
The reason why patients undergo thorough pre-surgery screening is because surgery can be very dangerous. Men should consider alternative options for treating ED before surgery.
The P-Shot® Uses a Man’s Own Growth Factors to Improve His Erections
The P-Shot® is an injection of platelet-rich plasma derived from each patient’s own body, which is injected back into the penis to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels and tissue.
The P-Shot® causes no pain, and could improve the size of the penis as well as the duration and strength of erections. A study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine supports the effectiveness of platelet-rich plasma injections (such as the P-Shot®) as a way to improve erectile function. The study found that even those dealing with structural causes of ED (such as nerve injury) could benefit from the P-Shot®.
Another form of treatment that many patients prefer to the likes of male enhancement pills and surgery is low-intensity shockwave therapy similar to GAINSWave® therapy.
GAINSWave® Therapy Uses Soundwaves to Improve Penile Blood Flow
Erectile dysfunction may be partially or completely caused by poor blood flow to the penis. GAINSWave® therapy aims to improve blood flow deficiency, aiding sexual dysfunction.
GAINSWave® therapy is a form of low-intensity, high-frequency shockwave treatment that clears plaque and promotes new blood vessel growth. The ultimate goal of the treatment is to make erections last longer and be stronger.
Low-intensity shockwave therapy has been supported by numerous studies, including one twelve-month study on the efficacy and safety of low-intensity shockwave therapy for erectile dysfunction published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine.
GAINSWave® Treatments Can Help Mitigate Erectile Dysfunction
To schedule an appointment or learn more about either GAINSWave® therapy or the P-Shot®, men can view the GAINSWave® treatment provider directory. If you’re looking for a way to mitigate erectile dysfunction, you shouldn’t wait. Contact a provider today.