A variety of prescription medications can be used to treat erectile dysfunction. These drugs have allowed numerous men to regain healthy sexual function. Men appreciate the convenience and effectiveness of oral medications. But not all men can take prescription erectile dysfunction drugs.
For example, you can’t use erectile dysfunction medications if you take nitroglycerin. Men with high blood pressure, certain eye disorders, kidney problems, severe liver disease, or a history of stroke may not be able to use erectile dysfunction drugs. Some men can’t tolerate side effects such as digestive upset, flushing, and vision changes. Not all men experience these side effects. But those who do may find it bothersome.
Some men turn to penile injections with medications such as Caverject. It works by relaxing the blood vessels in the penis to facilitate an erection. It can be an effective treatment option for some men. However, older men may not have the physical dexterity needed to perform self-injections. Additionally, some men experience side effects, including fainting, trouble urinating, and irritation at the injection site.
Doctors know that these erectile dysfunction treatments may not work well for some men. Fortunately, there are alternative treatment options. Vacuum erection devices, or VEDs, have been used to many years. In fact, these devices were very popular among men with erectile dysfunction before Viagra hit the market in 1998.
Vacuum erection devices are generally safe. Most patients with diabetes and cardiovascular conditions can use VEDs. However, you may not be able to use a VED if you have sickle cell anemia or any condition associated with a bleeding disorder. Always consult your doctor before trying a new treatment for erectile dysfunction.
VEDs are simple to use. You start by sliding the cylinder over your penis. The cylinder connects to a manual pump or a battery operated power source. VEDs use suction to draw blood into the penis, which allows you to get an erection. To maintain your erection for the duration of sexual activity, place a rubber constriction band around the base of your penis to restrict blood flow. Once the band is in place, you can remove the cylinder.
This erectile dysfunction treatment has several advantages. The devices are relatively inexpensive and easy to use. Most men who use VEDs can get an erection on a regular basis. The satisfaction rate among men with erectile dysfunction who use VEDs is approximately 80%. It’s a great option for men who cannot use oral erectile dysfunction medications.
However, VEDs do have a few minor drawbacks. Some men find that the glans penis gets cold, despite the presence of an erection. You may also have trouble ejaculating during sex. This can happen when the urethra is compressed. In some cases, men who use VEDs have reported mild bruising and pain.
Despite the potential disadvantages, VEDs can help you regain an active sex life. It may take time to discover the best erectile dysfunction treatment for you. Schedule an appointment with your doctor to talk about your treatment options.