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For many of the 30 million Americans affected by erectile dysfunction, Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are the first line of ED treatment — and they’re successful for about 80 percent of men. These drugs, called phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors, are approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and work by increasing blood flow to an erection. Common side effects include nasal congestion and headache. Note: If you take nitroglycerin pills for heart disease, you won’t be able to take ED pills, as they can cause a dangerous drop in blood pressure. .
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PRP is an injection of your own body’s platelet growth factors to stimulate cellular regeneration and tissue repair of the penis. Learn More about the P-Shot®
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Energy wave therapy is a safe and effective treatment. Gentle high frequency, low-intensity sound waves are delivered to the penile tissue through a special treatment wand to stimulate the erectile tissue and improve blood flow in the penis so men can achieve natural, spontaneous erections. The application of energy waves triggers revascularization, a process in which new blood vessels form. The formation of new blood vessels, coupled with the restoration of blood flow in the penis, help restore erectile function in men with ED.
Your doctor will check your penis and testicles to make sure they look normal and their nerves work as expected. They may also look for hair loss and larger-than-normal breasts. Both of these can be signs that you have a hormone problem.
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There are a number of significant benefits to energy wave therapy. For men who are candidates for this treatment option, a future without erectile dysfunction is perhaps the biggest benefit. The restoration of a man’s vitality and spontaneous active sex life are also major benefits of this exciting new treatment.
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Some men with early-stage prostate cancer have a choice between radiation and surgery to treat their cancer. When looking at how men’s erections are affected by prostate cancer treatment, there does not seem to be much long-term difference between the two. Men who have had radiation may see a general decrease in the firmness of their erections over time (up to several years after radiation). In contrast, after surgery most men have erection problems right away and then have a chance to recover erections in the first 2 years following the surgery. About 4 years after either treatment, the percentage of men reporting ED is about the same. Treatments can often help these men get their erections back whether they’ve had surgery or radiation.
Putting off a doctor’s visit can delay effective treatment and may be harmful if you have other, underlying conditions.
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To diagnose ED, the doctor will ask about your symptoms and medical history. They’ll do a complete physical exam to look for signs like poor circulation or nerve trouble. They’ll also check for problems in your genital area that could cause trouble with erections.
If you can’t get or keep an erection that lasts long enough or is rigid enough for sex, you have erectile dysfunction.