It is estimated that as many as 40% of men over 40 experience erectile dysfunction. This is because after the age of 30, men start to experience a natural decline in testosterone production, and by age 40, some men can experience adverse symptoms like erectile dysfunction.
Prescription medications are available to treat erectile dysfunction. Unfortunately, some men do not respond to these drugs, or they can become less effective over time.
What makes Erectile Dysfunction Pills Stop Working?
Getting, and keeping, an erection is a complex chain of events. Erectile dysfunction medication works by increasing the blood flow to the penis. The increased blood flow helps men who have erectile dysfunction to get an erection more easily and maintain it longer.
If erectile dysfunction medication isn’t working for you, here are four alternative treatment options.
1. Shockwave Therapy
Shockwave therapy uses high-frequency sound waves to increase blood flow to the genitals. A healthcare professional will administer the treatment through a wand-like device placed near the genitals. The treatment will take about 15 minutes to complete.
Shockwave therapy can improve blood flow to the penis and even help the body to generate new blood vessels. The improved blood flow can help men to achieve and maintain an erection more easily.
2. Vacuum Erection Device
Vacuum erection devices (VED) work by manually pulling blood into the penis using suction. Once an erection is achieved, it is maintained by placing a tension ring at the base of the penis, which will keep the erection for about 30 minutes. Some side effects of a VED include mild bruising and inability to ejaculate.
3. Testosterone Replacement
Testosterone plays an essential role in erectile function. If men do not have enough testosterone to achieve an erection, testosterone treatment can help. Testosterone replacement is not the first-line treatment for erectile dysfunction but can be used with other treatment methods.
4. Penile Implant
A penile implant may be needed for some men to get an erection if no other method has helped. Your doctor will place a water-based device into the penis, enabling you to control when, and how long, you have an erection.
A Treatment Plan for You
If your erectile dysfunction medications leave you unsatisfied with the results, it’s time to discuss options with your doctor.
Don’t continue to live with ED – schedule an appointment today!