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What to Do When Viagra Is Not Working Anymore

Posted by Michele Stewart

Jun 11, 2020 8:00:00 AM

what-to-do-when-viagra-is-not-working-anymoreEven men living a healthy, natural lifestyle experience erectile dysfunction. Cleveland Clinic reports that 2 out of 5 men will face some degree of erectile dysfunction by the time they turn 40.

When it comes to treatment options, oral medications such as sildenafil (Viagra), avanafil, and tadalafil are very popular—but they are not the right option for everyone.

Reasons Why Traditional Treatments Don't Always Work

There are a variety of reasons why oral medications might not work out for someone. These reasons range from ineffectiveness or unpleasant side effects to dangerous interactions with other medications or nervousness about reliance on laboratory‑made chemicals. Fortunately, these are not the only options for treating erectile dysfunction. 

  • Other medications. People taking prescription nitrates for heart problems such as chest pain or high blood pressure might not be able to take erectile dysfunction medication at all. That's because erectile dysfunction medications work by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide, allowing increased blood flow. When these prescriptions are combined with other nitrate medications, a person can experience a dangerously sharp, sudden drop in blood pressure.
  • Damaged blood vessels. Erectile dysfunction medications are safe for most people who do not have heart conditions, but they still may not be the right solution. There are some issues that medication simply cannot overcome. Medications allow for greater blood flow, making erections firmer and last longer, but if there is too much damage to the blood vessels, medication alone may not improve a person’s erections enough for sexual intercourse.
  • Existing nerve damage. If a person has nerve damage resulting from a surgery or a chronic disease such as diabetes, signals triggering an erection can have difficulty getting from the brain to the penis. Managing dual health issues such as erectile dysfunction and diabetes can make it challenging to find a safe, effective prescription solution. Medications can still help, but their success rate is greatly reduced in these circumstances.
  • Stress and other psychological issues. Oral medications also cannot help with psychological issues, which are found to be the cause of approximately 25 percent of erectile dysfunction cases. If a person is dealing with a large amount of stress, depression or anxiety, they may need the assistance of a specialist to deal with these issues before they can address erectile dysfunction.

Side Effects of Viagra and Other Oral Medications

Oral medications for erectile dysfunction are generally well‑tolerated, but side effects may include: 

  • headaches
  • flushing
  • nasal congestion
  • upset stomach

Other side effects may present themselves depending on the particular medication being taken. Sometimes side effects may even be too distracting to allow for sexual intercourse. For example, some people taking tadalafil report muscle pain in their back or limbs.

Success Rate of Oral Medications

It’s important to remember that a failed treatment is nobody’s fault. Even in the best‑case scenario, medications only work 75 to 80 percent of the time. In many circumstances, the success rate is much lower. 

Factor in the evidence that about 70 percent of men will experience erectile dysfunction by the age of 70, and that means that about 1 in 7 70‑year‑old men will deal with erectile dysfunction that is not successfully treated by oral medication.

Other ED Treatment Options

There are other treatments for erectile dysfunction that are effective regardless of a person’s mental state. These options include:

  • malleable or inflatable surgical implants
  • medications that can be injected straight into the penis
  • herbal solutions
  • acupuncture
  • vacuum therapy

Often, instances of erectile dysfunction can lead to feelings of anxiety or low self‑esteem, making it even more difficult to achieve an erection in the future. Considering an alternative, natural treatment to oral medication can help break this cycle. It is important to speak with one’s doctor to see if this would be the right solution.

Herbal Solutions

Many natural erectile dysfunction solutions come in the form of herbal supplements. Some of the most popular supplements are horny goat weed, ginseng, yohimbe, and ginkgo biloba.

There is often not much reliable information available about the effectiveness of herbal supplements as erectile dysfunction treatments. Many of these herbal solutions have been studied very little, if at all, and others are still in the early stages of testing.

Despite being natural products, many of these solutions can still have side effects, especially when taken in high doses. People seeking natural solutions should be wary since some unscrupulous providers label their products as “natural” to circumvent regulations. It is important to consult your doctor before trying any erectile dysfunction treatment.

Acupuncture

Many people have used acupuncture to treat erectile dysfunction. Many modern practitioners use it to release endorphins in the body, helping patients to relax and increase blood circulation. These effects can often be enough to alleviate or cure erectile dysfunction.

Vacuum Therapy

Of all the natural solutions for erectile dysfunction, vacuum therapy is the only one that has been proven to be effective in medical studies. Up to 90% of patients report satisfaction after using a vacuum therapy device. Vacuum therapy is also one of the few erectile dysfunction treatments that does not involve putting any kind of substance into the patient’s body, herbal or otherwise.

In vacuum therapy, blood is drawn into the penis using a vacuum pump and then held in place with an elastic band. Because it does not rely on the body’s mechanisms to achieve an erection the way medications do, it can be effective in situations where medications fail.

There is also no prescription required for vacuum therapy. Vacuum therapy systems can be purchased through a secure website and are delivered in discreet packaging. The solutions typically involve a one‑time purchase.

It is important to talk with one’s doctor about erectile dysfunction to determine the best approach. Natural Remedies for Erectile Dysfunction

Topics: Erectile Dysfunction Treatments


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Michele Stewart

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In more than a decade as president of Rejoyn, Michele has developed an in-depth understanding of ED and how it can affect the lives of men and their partners. Under her leadership, the company has prioritized providing high-quality educational content, knowledgeable customer service, and cost-effective solutions for ED treatment. Michele is proud of her company’s work across three generations to help people with ED lead fuller lives by providing leading-edge natural treatment options.

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