Popular erectile dysfunction treatment options in the Sacramento Area
With erectile dysfunction (ED) affecting roughly 30 million men in the United States alone, countless treatment options have been developed over the past few decades, some more effective than others. Here’s a comparison of the options available on the market and a brief overview of each.
Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis
Prescription drugs are the “go-to” solution for ED for many men worldwide, and they’re successful about 80% of the time. The downfall? Not only do they come with a whole host of side effects, but prescription drugs also only offer a temporary solution, with the effects of the top medications only lasting 4-6 hours. They take away from the spontaneity of the moment, as you must take the pill 30 minutes in advance, every time.
For men who want to stay away from ED drugs, a penis pump is another popular option. However, it lacks convenience and is time-consuming. For this method, a man must place a plastic cylinder over the penis, manually forcing blood flow to form an erection. An elastic ring is slid over the base of the penis to hold the blood in place and help prevent the erection from going away. However, the ring cannot be kept on for more than 30 minutes.
For those with a spinal cord injury or neurological disorder, or if other ED treatments aren’t working, a surgical implant could be the solution. Two types exist, including one that will allow you to achieve an erection by pumping fluid in cylinders that are surgically implanted in the penis or a malleable prosthesis, which can be erected manually, much like a gooseneck lamp. However, mechanical breakdown and increased risk of infection plague such options.
As more people turn to herbal and natural treatment options for a variety of conditions, it’s no doubt that some have been identified as potentially beneficial for men suffering from ED. Certain herbal supplements, including yohimbe, saw palmetto, and ginkgo biloba, are all touted to be sexual enhancers. However, the FDA has not approved any of these supplements for this use, and supplements remain entirely unregulated in the US market.
Acoustic Wave Therapy
Last, but certainly not least, for men seeking a long-term treatment option, acoustic wave therapy is an innovative method, creating long-lasting results using acoustic waves to help treat ED.
This non-invasive method involves 20-minute treatments, typically 6-12 sessions in all, to help regenerate blood vessels, clear plaque from existing vessels, and help improve overall circulation, allowing a man to consistently achieve firmer, longer lasting erections on their own, without the need for medication.