When Viagra, Levitra and Cialis Do Not Work In Diabetic Men-Other Treatment Options For Erectile Dysfunction

Diabetes is a risk factor for developing erectile dysfunction (ED).  However, the drugs that are commonly used to treat ED, Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis, are less likely to be effective in men with diabetes.  That doesn’t mean that your sex life is over.  Many of these men will find improvement in second line treatments such as injection therapy, where a drug, prostaglandin, is injected directly into the penis to increase the blood supply to the tissues that are responsible for an erection.  Also, there are vacuum devices that create a negative pressure around the penis and allows more blood to enter the penis which is then trapped with a special rubber band placed at the base of the penis.  Finally, if second line treatments do not work, there are surgical procedures where a prosthesis is placed in the penis.  This consists of two cylinders that are filled with a salt solution, a reservoir to hold the solution that is inserted behind the muscles of the lower abdomen and a pump that is placed beside the testicle in the scrotum.  By squeezing the pump in the scrotum, fluid transferred from the reservoir to the cylinders in the penis creating a natural erection.  When the man wishes the erection to subside, the pump is squeezed and the fluid returns from the cylinders back to the reservoir and the penis becomes naturally soft.  The procedure for the insertion of the prosthesis takes about 20 minutes and is done on a one-day stay basis not requiring hospitalization.  Most men can begin having intercourse 4 weeks after the insertion of the prosthesis. 

For more information please go to my website, www.neilbaum.com, or refer to the article on the “Dangling Stress Test” at http://www.neilbaum.com/erectile-dysfunction—the-dangling-stress-test.html

 

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