Characterized by the inability to have or maintain an erection, sexual weakness or erectile dysfunction (ED) is fairly common in men. There are plenty of treatment options available that men can employ in order to cure themselves of this condition. Treatment options vary from simple methods such as oral medications and injections to more complex ones such as surgeries, implants and pumps. However, before a treatment option can be zeroed in on, a doctor will conduct diagnostic tests to find out exactly what's causing the problem. After an analysis of the cause, the most suitable treatment option will be chosen by the doctor with the consent of the patient. That said, the chosen treatment option wil not only vary on the basis of the cause but also the severity of the condition. Patients will be explained the risks and benefits of each of the treatment options so that they can make the best choice with the help of the doctor and know what they are getting into.
A number of oral medications are prescribed for sexual weakness in men. These include sildenafil (viagra), vardenafil and more. They help in increase the blood flow to the penis so that an erection can be maintained in response to sexual stimulation. Some of the other medications prescribed though need to be injected instead of taking orally such as alprostadil, which is injected into the base of the penis with the help of a needle. Another treatment method, known as alprostadil urethral suppository, works by placing a suppository inside the man's penis in the penile urethra with the help of a special applicator. Apart from the above, penis pumps and surgeries are also an option. Penis pumps work by placing the tube of the pump on the penis and using the pump given to suck out air that is present in the tube. The vaccuum created increases blood flow to the penis, thereby helping in gettng an erection. Once the man gets the erection, he is supposed to slip a tension ring on the base of his penis and keep it there to maintain the erection. Lastly, penile implants involves the process of surgically attaching devices on either side of the man's penis. These implants are made up of malleable or inflatable rods. These rods help in controlling the length and duration of an erection. The operation is performed with the help of general or local anethesia.
Men who suffer from sexual weakness and do not have heart diseases are eligible for medications used to treat sexual weakness. Potential candidates for surgery and penis pumps include those on whom medications did not prove to be effective.
Oral medications should not be taken by men who suffer from heart diseases or chest problems as well as very low blood pressure. To know about who is not eligible for a penile implant, one should consult their doctor.
Different treatment methods for sexual weakness have different side effects. For example, side effects of oral medications include nasal congestion, blurry vision, flushing, stomach upset and backache. Side effects of injections urethral suppository include prolonged erection and mild bleeding as well as pain and formation of fibrous tissues in the penis. The side effects of penile implants include infection, formation of scar tissue, uncontrolled bleeding etc.
Men who take oral medications or those in the form of injections or urethral suppositories need to follow any post treatment guidelines as such although they should consult with their doctors about that. Those who go through penile implants must rest for a couple of days after the operation and should not lift anything heavy either until their doctor allows them to.
Once a man gets an erection with the help of medications (oral or otherwise), they may last for about half an hour after which the penis will go back to its normal flaccid state. Recovery from a penile implant surgery takes about 6 weeks.
Oral medications for sexual weekness cost between Rs. 450 and Rs. 600 for a pack of 10. The Alprostadil self-injection costs roughly Rs. 5,900, while the cost of the penis pump is around Rs. 200 to Rs. 600. A penile implant surgery can set one back by around Rs 1 lakh.
The results of the penile surgery are permanent. The results of medications, injections, suppositories and pumps are temporary and they have to be used again before sex in order to get results.
They are plenty of alternative remedies available for sexual weakness. These include exercising, making lifestyle changes, trying out homeopathy or ayurvedic supplments and opting for a testosterone replacement. However, before opting for any of them, one should consult their doctor.