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Cory Silverberg

When Pills Won't Do

By June 22, 2006

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While the advent of oral medications like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, have radically changed the way that erectile dysfunction (ED) is dealt with, for many men pills aren't enough. Whether it is because the medication is contra-indicated based on a man's health, because of unpleasant side effects, or simply because it "didn't work", erectile dysfunction drugs aren't quite the miracle cure the television commercials make them out to be (at least not for many).

Jack Mydlo, a professor and the chair of urology at Temple University School of Medicine and Hospital, has been looking at the use of "combination therapies" using more than one mode of treatment for erectile dysfunction. Other treatments include penis pumps, injections or urethral suppositories.

Because there isn't one single cause for ED, and in fact for many men there may be more than one thing contributing to their inability to get or maintain an erection, using a variety of treatments seems to make sense. A major hurdle for most men to use alternative therapies is the work or preparation involved, as opposed to the ease with which oral medications are taken.

Related - Erectile Dysfunction: Prevalence and risk factors in the US

Previously - Painkillers Linked to Erectile Dysfunction; Men with erectile dysfunction have increased risk for cardiovascular events; Three Studies Poke Around to Learn More About Erectile Dysfunction

June 29, 2006 at 1:15 pm
(1) dave says:

i am a diabetic. i have ed. i have used the vacuum tube with rubberbands, used the injections, and i have tried the meds. the meds didnt work at all for me. i was heartbroken! the vacuum tube was uncomfortable at the rubber band, and could only wear it for 30 minutes.
the injections worked great but were expensive and over a couple of months stopped working.
now i have a penile implant. after surgery i measure in at a little over 5 inches. i lost a little over an inch in length, and some circumference. but it is well worth it. now i can be more spontanious, less uncomfortable and i really enjoy sex again.

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