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Hypertension/High Blood Pressure Health Center

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High Blood Pressure and Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

When Erectile Dysfunction Pills Aren't an Option continued...

Injections directly into the penis are another way to deliver alprostadil. Phentolamine and papaverine are additional drugs that are injected into the penis to treat erectile dysfunction. When injecting these drugs there is some risk that your erection may last too long, a condition that can require medical treatment.

Next, you may want to try a vacuum device, or "penis pump." This is typically a clear plastic cylinder with a bulb or plunger and a constriction band.

You put your penis in the cylinder and start pumping. The suction creates a vacuum, so blood rushes in to fill the spaces in the spongy tissue of the penis, creating an erection. The erection lasts only as long as the blood stays in, so you slide the band down around the base of your penis, trapping the blood. It's safe to keep the band on for up to 30 minutes.

These devices are available without a prescription, but it's important to buy one from a reputable manufacturer. The device must include a safety control so you can't harm your penis with too much suction.

Surgery for Erectile Dysfunction

Most men would prefer to avoid surgery, but for some men with erection problems, penis implants are another option for regaining sexual function.

There are two kinds of penis implants. One kind is a rigid but flexible rod implanted in the penis. You bend it up for sex or down for daily living. The other kind is an inflatable implant. The device stores fluid in a reservoir under the skin of your abdomen or scrotum. You press on the reservoir to pump fluid into cylinders in the penis. That creates an erection. A valve drains the fluid out of the penis when you're done.

There are drawbacks to implants. An erection you get with an implant may be slightly shorter than a natural erection. The device itself may malfunction, in which case it would require another surgery to remove or replace it.

Getting a penis implant is a big decision. Once you have it, you may not be able to try other treatments. That's because the implant replaces the chambers in the penis that fill with blood for a natural erection.

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