Pills? Surgeries? Lifestyle changes? Penis pumps? The solutions to erectile dysfunction seem to be as abundant as the reasons for ED itself.
But how do you know which is the best ED remedy? Which one is really going to work to get your sex life back on track?
Knowing your options
The trick to choosing the best ED remedy for you is to understand your own situation and the many treatment options available.
Medications. A go‑to solution for many men are oral medications such as Viagra and Cialis. These are popular options, but there are downsides:
Sources indicate men should not be prescribed oral medications for ED if they have high blood pressure that isn’t under control, or they’re taking nitrate drugs for chest pain or alpha‑blockers for high blood pressure or prostate problems. They should also not take these pills if they have a history of heart attack or stroke or kidney or liver disease.
Still, many men simply do not want to ingest a medication even if there are no contraindications. With drugs, there can be medical side effects, as well as uncertain wait times about when and if drugs will start to be effective—or how long they will last.
Surgical implants. Another medical option for treating ED is penile implant surgery. Sources describe this as a procedure in which a prosthetic device is placed inside the penis and scrotum, which helps men achieve an erection and regain erectile function. There are three main types of penile implants: a three‑piece inflatable pump, a two‑piece inflatable pump, and semi‑rigid or malleable rods. Choosing the right one for you depends on several factors, including your body size and type, overall health, and age. While surgical implants can be an answer, procedures are typically done when men haven’t responded to other types of treatments.
Lifestyle changes. For many men, an effective ED remedy is making natural, everyday changes in their habits that improve both sexual health and overall health. Experts say these tips can help:
- Eat a healthy diet, which can keep arteries clear and reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, which can contribute to ED
- Exercise regularly to improve circulation
- Deal with stress and relationship issues
- If you smoke, stop immediately
Vacuum therapy. Another natural ED solution is a vacuum therapy device or a penis pump. Many men find that this is the best ED remedy because, unlike medications or surgery, it is a 100% natural solution. Penis pumps can be purchased discreetly, and no doctor’s appointments or prescriptions are necessary. And, with penis pumps, results are more immediate and sure‑proof than with lifestyle changes, which may lessen the effects of ED but not entirely prevent it.
Penis pumps use the science of physics to create a vacuum suction surrounding the penis, creating an erection. Once the erection is formed a support ring, or penis ring, is placed around the base of the penis, holding the erection in place.
Choosing the best ED remedy for you depends on many factors—the severity of your ED, whether you’re interested in medical or natural remedies for erectile dysfunction, and most importantly, the one that’s simply going to work. The good news is that there are a lot of options, and ED doesn’t have to be something you just accept and live with.
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