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When Viagra Doesn’t Work

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Chattanooga, TNThe development of PDE5 inhibitors, aka ED drugs, presented an excellent opportunity for men to reinstate better performance – and greater confidence – in the bedroom. Drugs like Viagra, for some time, flew off prescription pads of doctors around the world. Many men reported outstanding results after incorporating their selected ED drug into their life. The seemingly overwhelming success of these drugs was counterbalanced, though, by a fair percentage of men saying Viagra just didn’t do the trick.

Is it your fault?

One recent study conducted by scientists in Spain suggested that “user error” was common to blame for the ineffectiveness of Viagra or other ED drugs. What?

It seems that the researchers involved in this study believed that taking a PDE5 inhibitor too soon after eating would inhibit the capabilities of the inhibitor drug. Other theories developed during this particular study included ideas such as men needed to give the drug more than one time to work, or that men were not taking the proper dosage of medication for optimal results. All of this sounds interesting, to say the least. At the same time, it sounds incredibly frustrating.

When erectile dysfunction is a problem for any length of time, a man’s confidence takes an enormous hit. The longer the physical ED lasts, the greater the risk that psychogenic ED will coincide with organic ED. Sometimes, the lines become so blurred that a man has a hard time understanding the true underlying cause of his lack of performance – his body or his mind. Because there is a very real emotional aspect to ED, there is also very real value in moving on from oral medications before the toll becomes too much.

Injection Therapy and Beyond

One would expect that a man who struggles with ED would undergo extensive diagnostic evaluation. Sometimes, an imbalance in androgens is the source of the problem. This may be mitigated with hormone therapy customized to a man’s needs. In some situations, penile injections are the best course of action after unsuccessful use of ED drugs. According to Med Facts, the success rate for penile injections is upwards of 90% due to the direct delivery of drugs. Another method of restoring erectile function is to insert a penile implant. This embedded device is so small and flexible that it is not noticeable by sight or by touch. Several types of penile implants exist.

Learn more about treatment options for ED during a consultation in our Chattanooga office.

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