While the little blue pill may have rejuvenated many an older man’s sex life, it is not always safe or effective for everyone. But there are a number of non-oral alternatives which may have good success for men experiencing erectile dysfunction.
Some of the drugs including Viagra, Levitra, Staxyn and Cialis, used to treat erectile dysfunction may not work or be dangerous for men who take nitrate drugs, blood thinners, have heart disease or heart failure, have had a stroke or experience uncontrolled high or low blood pressure. Certain eye problems, severe liver disease and kidney disease requiring dialysis may also make taking oral medications unsafe.
However there are alternatives, including one recently gaining acceptance, that uses low-intensity shock waves to encourage the growth of new blood vessels in the penis. Because most normal cases of ED are caused by poor blood flow, sound waves like those used in sports medicine and for heart rehabilitation are employed to improve function. The sonic therapy also claims to break up hardened arteries or narrowed blood vessels that restrict blood flow but more study is required to determine the success rates of this new treatment. To learn more about ED1000 therapy and other ED treatment options visit the Ontario Men’s Health website at: http://www.ontariomenshealth.ca/erectile-dysfunction .
Other non-oral treatments include penis pumps, penile implants, blood vessel surgery (in the case of obstructed blood vessels) and psychological counselling. Some ED can be caused by stress, anxiety or depression. Because erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a serious health condition such as heart disease, diabetes, low testosterone or psychological issues, it is important to talk with your doctor if you are experiencing a change in performance.
Lifestyle also plays a significant role in protecting sexual wellness. Maintaining a healthy weight, eating a well balanced diet, keeping active and stopping smoking can help reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction.