Treating Erectile Dysfunction at Home

We look into the options for those suffering from erectile dysfunction (ED) with iMedicare.

Erectile dysfunction is a major healthcare issue that affects every one in 10 men, and up to 20 percent of men between the ages of 40-70. ED is defined as ‘the persistent inability to attain or maintain a penile erection sufficient to permit satisfactory sexual performance’. The prevalence of erectile dysfunction increases with age and is especially high among men with chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease. Erectile dysfunction is a serious condition that should be treated, as it can cause considerable distress and reduced quality of life.

What treatment options are available?

By now, most men will be familiar with the oral tablets, the so called PDE5 inhibitors like sildenafil, or tardenaphil that your GP can prescribe (provided you do not take nitrate medication for angina). These are often very effective, but can come with some slightly unpleasant side effects like headaches, visual disturbances, facial flushing and back pain. These tablets should be consumed ideally on an empty stomach and require sexual stimulation to activate their effect within two to six hours of ingestion. Very popular, these pills are now even readily available through some online pharmacies. Beware of cheap counterfeit options from abroad, though. Success with a pill requires relatively healthy penile tissue. If the severity of your erectile dysfunction is such that pills do not work, then you can consider penile injections. Not hugely pleasant to administer, penile injections are the most effective drug-induced solution for erectile dysfunction. Working for approximately 80 percent of users with a natural-looking and natural-feeling erection that can last anywhere from 15 minutes to four hours and longer. Before you get too excited—an erection that lasts four hours or more is deemed a medical emergency and requires A&E attendance.

More recently, it has become possible to drop a bead of active agent (alprostadil) into the urethra and activate the penile blood vessels from there. Success is limited as it is very difficult to ensure sufficient drug passes through the thick urethral wall into the surrounding tissue—but it is worth a try!

A Vacuum Erection Device (VED) is the safest and most consistently successful non-invasive treatment option for your erectile dysfunction problem, applied in a totally natural way. Clinically proven to work for over 92 percent of men, A Vacuum Erection Device has none of the unpleasant side effects associated with drug therapies (headaches, visual disturbances etc.) and is much more cost effective over the longer term. Plus, you can use your VED device as often as you want!

Essentially a mechanical solution, it mimics the effect of a natural erection by pulling arterial oxygenated blood into the external penis using a gentle vacuum effect. Some suppliers have as many as five cylinder sizes and four ring types to ensure correct customisation with your size parameters, and provide free hospital-based or home visit assessment and demonstration.

The advantage of a Vacuum Erection Device is that it gives you time to gently work the penis back to normal size (in your own time—two to three 10-minute practice sessions per week), reversing the shrinkage caused by chronic penile inactivity. The so called ‘penis-gym’ effect is all about working the cells in the penile tissue back to normal activity and rebuilding healthy penile architecture. This can set the stage for better success with drug options and potentially a complete recovery when possible (age/medical background/pelvic surgery can complicate the chances of recovery).

How does it work?

Easily in three simple steps:

  1. The penis is positioned inside device cylinder.
  2. Pumping periodically over a one to three minute period pulls blood into the penis creating a fully rigid erection.
  3. An Erection Maintenance Ring is transferred from the device cylinder to the base of the penis against the body wall. Removal of the cylinder allows full sexual intercourse to take place.

Finally, it is worth noting that in most parts of the UK, GPs will be able to prescribe the above options if you have certain medical conditions like diabetes/history of prostate cancer/multiple sclerosis/radical pelvic surgery etc.—these are called Schedule II conditions. However some areas now require patients to self-fund all or most treatments.

We suggest you contact the sexual advice association or Prostate Cancer UK: for further information.

Successful in over 92 percent of cases, SOMAerect Vacuum therapy is the drug-free, natural way to restore intimacy within seconds—giving you total control over the timing and duration of your erection.

Fully customizable, their next generation technology enables you to induce full penile engorgement comfortably every time and promote good penile health.

In fact, regular use often leads to a full return of natural function. Already used by millions of men worldwide, SOMAerect products can be used in complete safety with 100 percent consistency as many times per day as needed.

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