Erectile dysfunction is something that no man wants to talk about, but most men will have to deal with at some point in their lives. Defined as difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection sufficient for intercourse, erectile dysfunction will affect as many as 40% of men by age 40 and up to 70% of men by age 70. When combined with other health issues, such as low testosterone, this can have a devastating effect on a man’s self-image, confidence, and relationships.
Fortunately, erectile dysfunction is NOT something that you have to just ‘deal with’ as part of getting older. There are several proven, effective therapies that are available to men no matter what stage of life you’re in. It’s important that you see a men’s health expert who can offer you a comprehensive evaluation and a detailed treatment plan tailored to fit your needs and lifestyle.
Some Common Questions
I’ve tried the pills but they didn’t work, what other options do I have? Most men struggling with erectile dysfunction are familiar with oral medications. Known as phosphodiesterase inhibitors, these medications increase the body’s natural pro-erectile signaling pathways and are a huge benefit to most men suffering from mild to moderate erectile dysfunction.
What most people don’t know is that these medications fail anywhere from 30-40% of the men who try them. For those men, there are many other therapies that are still available to them. These include injections, a more direct form of medication administration, and penile prosthesis placement.
What is a penile prosthesis? Male arousal is a complex exchange of hormones, chemicals, and electrical signals that allow two natural cylinders in the penis (known as the corpora cavernosa) to fill with blood and become stiff and rigid. When a man is deficient in any of these areas, he can begin to experience erectile dysfunction.
The penile prosthesis is an elegant solution that can fix virtually every man’s erectile dysfunction by going straight to the source. During a small outpatient procedure, your surgeon will replace your body’s natural cylinders with prosthetic ones that can inflate on command using a small pump that is hidden inside the scrotum. The end result is a completely hidden and private solution that enables the man to instantly have an erection on command and, for the first time in his life, maintain it as long as he desires, even after orgasm.