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Sex and The Senior Man-Help Is Available For Men With ED

January 9, 2012

It wasn’t too long ago that erectile dysfunction (ED) was believed to be a natural part of aging.  Nothing could be further from the truth.  Middle age and older men who are healthy and have an opportunity to have sexual intimacy can expect to be successful in the bedroom. 

 Once taboo, ED has emerged from the shadows, thanks in large part to the widespread media attention give to Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. However, a wide variety of treatment options are now available that provide hope for men of any age suffering from ED symptoms. There simply is no reason to suffer in silence, whatever your age.

 Approximately 30 million men in the U.S. suffer from ED. An estimated 50 percent of men at age 50 experience some ED symptoms, and the percentage jumps 10% with each decade in life.

 Most men certainly aren’t willing to accept a decline in our eyesight with age—we use glasses when needed. In much the same way, ED is more than a minor inconvenience and can seriously impact quality of life for men and their partners.

 Related Health Risks

ED is a medical condition and can be an early warning sign of a much more serious condition, such as diabetes, heart disease, elevated cholesterol levels or disease of the blood vessels to the brain, which could lead to stroke. ED symptoms can also be a manifestation of depression.  This makes it even more important to pay attention to your ED symptoms.

 Aside from these physical symptoms, ED can take a serious toll on your overall well-being and mental health, causing strain on your relationships and unnecessary anguish and stress.

 Talk to Your Doctor

Talking to your doctor about your ED symptoms can feel embarrassing or difficult, but there’s no reason to be ashamed or uncomfortable. An active sex life can be just as important to your overall health as is proper nutrition and exercise.

 When you visit the doctor, tell him/her about other medical conditions you may have so you can determine whether your ED may be the symptom of a greater problem. Make a separate appointment to discuss ED, to make sure you have enough time to discuss your concerns. Ask for a referral to a urologist, a doctor who specializes in men’s urinary and sexual health issues.

 Be sure to discuss the all the possible issues surrounding your ED, the hurdles you face in all areas of sexual function, including your ability to get and keep an erection, sensitivity and other issues that may help pinpoint the root cause.

 Treatment Options

For many men, oral medications are not only very safe, but also quite effective. Pills such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis are effective for about 70% of men. But for those with other health factors, such as cardiac disease, diabetes, oral medication may not be an option, or they may become less effective over time. For these men, there are a number of other treatment options available, including:

  • Vacuum pump therapy, which requires the use of a small pump to mechanically enhance blood flow and create an erection. These devices are totally noninvasive, but they can be somewhat awkward to use and not conducive to spontaneity.
  • Transurethral suppositories are tiny pellets of medication inserted into the urethra opening – a minimally invasive treatment, but still somewhat uncomfortable. This also requires some advance preparation.
  • Injection therapy, while the concept is disturbing to most men at the start, involves the use of a very fine needle to inject medication to produce an erection. Because of both the psychological and physical discomfort, in spite of high levels of effectiveness, many men do not find this to be a long-term solution. About 50% of men who try injections, do not continue their use.
  • Penile prosthetic implants are surgical devices concealed within the body that restore erectile function to as near natural as possible and still allow for spontaneity. While the concept itself is nothing new, the devices and implantation procedures have evolved considerably to make the procedure quicker and easier on the patient. While implants carry the same risks associated with any surgery, implant procedures generally have extremely high success rates and provide an effective solution for many men. Implants may not be for everyone, but they are a viable option to restore erectile function for most men over the age of 50, and they carry a very high satisfaction rate among patients and partners.

 Choosing a treatment that’s right for you depends on a number of factors, including your relationship status, the importance and level of physical intimacy required, and other health issues. Ask your doctor about the success rate and risks with each option and about what you can reasonably expect in the form of results. It’s unlikely that any treatment will restore erectile function back to the way it was in your younger years, especially with advanced age, but ED treatment can allow all men to enjoy and active and satisfying sex life well into their golden years.

 No matter what your age, it’s important to take that first step and talk to your doctor about ED symptoms. It’s never “normal” at any age to not have normal sexual function. With the wide variety of treatment options available, there’s no longer any reason to ignore the problem as a fact of life.

Bottom Line: ED is not a natural consequence of aging.  Help is available and no one needs to suffer the tragedy of the bedroom.

 

Modified article by Gerald Brock. By Healthy Aging Admin Published 09/16/2010 Health News

ED Not Responding to Viagra? Try Gelling Out!

August 22, 2011

For patients who have failed on Viagra®, Levitra® or Cialis® and who cannot or will not self inject medicine with a needle, TriMix-GEL® has been used as an alternative to restore your sexual health.
For a patient who failed on PDE5 inhibitors and cannot use a needle to self inject his penis, TriMix-gel® has been used as an alternative.
Many ED sufferers cannot take PDE5 inhibitors for a variety of reasons. Contraindications include patients on nitrates, certain beta blockers or patients with nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropthy (NAION). Still other patients cannot tolerate the side effects, which increase when dosage is increased. At the point PDE5 inhibitors are eliminated as a viable option, of the remaining options, penile injections with vasodilators prevail as the most effective non surgical alternative. There are some patients who are not receptive to this alternative because they cannot self inject the penis.
TriMix-gel® is an easy to apply gel used before sexual intercourse. Each dose contains trimix in powder form which is energized into a gel at time of use. Trimix ingredients (alprostadil, phentolamine, and papaverine) have been tested and widely prescribed for many years for improvement of sexual health.
• There are no needles, pellets, or pills
• Can be carried by the patient at room temperature
• ED-gel® Easy Applicator (pat. pending)
Typically, the trimix for injection version of the compound would have to be refrigerated and then self injected with a needle at time of use. But the compound in gel form, called TriMix-gel®, allows the patient to carry the medicine at room temperature. More importantly, an erectile dysfunction patient wil not have to use a needle to self inject his penis before sexual intercourse.
Precautions
• Tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to alprostadil/prostaglandin or any other drugs.
• Tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription and nonprescription medications you are taking.
• Tell your doctor if you have or have ever had anemia, bleeding disorders, sickle cell disease, leukemia, cancer, kidney or liver disease.
The effects of TriMix-gel® should last no longer than one hour. We have found that this is satisfactory for most men who live in the Gulf Coast area!
Bottom Line: If you suffer from ED and the oral medications are not working, there are still options that help nearly every man so they don’t have to suffer the tragedy of the bedroom.

If Viagra Doesn’t Work-Prostaglandin Might

April 11, 2010

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition affecting nearly 30 million American men.  It wasn’t long ago that most cases were thought to be do to psychological causes.  Now we know that most men have a physical cause.

Impotence occurs with greater frequency after age 40, although it is not inevitable consequence of aging.  The condition can result from complications of chronic conditions, such as coronary artery disease, high cholesterol levels, high blood pressure, and diabetes mellitus.  Side effects of surgery, medications, and psychological influences are also associated with impotence, as are lifestyle factors such as high-fat diet, drug abuse, excessive alcohol consumption and smoking.

Since July 1995, prostaglandin (Caverject) has been approved by the Federal Drug Administration for the treatment of impotence.  Prostaglandin offers men and their partners hope for a problem for which there was previously no approved medication.

Caverject is administered via a small needle through the skin on the top of the penis.  The drug works by relaxing smooth muscle tissue, which, in turn, enhances the blood flow into the penis, creating an erection.  The drug is used for the treatment of erectile dysfunction, whether the cause is neurological, vascular, or psychological.  Men who choose this treatment option receive an initial injection from their physician to determine the optimum dosing.  Then the patient can administer prostaglandin once he has been trained in the technique of self-injection.

Prostaglandin is only available by prescription.

An erection usually occurs 3-5 minutes after the injection and will last for 30-45 minutes.  Men are able to enjoy orgasm and normal ejaculation using prostaglandin injection.  However, the recommendation is to limit the use to twice a week.  Side effects include slight pain at the site of the injection, occasional bruising, and less than 3 percent will have an erection that requires medication to reverse the drug effect.

The results of using prostaglandin are favorable since more than 80 percent of patients diagnosed with erectile dysfunction who use prostaglandin experience an erection adequate for sexual intimacy.

If you suffer from erectile dysfunction, it is a good idea to see your physician so that the proper diagnosis can be made and the appropriate dose of prostaglandin can be selected.  It is now possible to find an effective treatment for most men who suffer from this common medical problem that significantly impacts a man’s quality of life.

Bottom Line:  If you have tried one of the oral medications for erectile dysfunction and you are not receiving the result you would like, consider self-injection therapy with prostaglandin