ED treatment varies from ED medication to surgery, to more natural options. Successful weight loss treatments almost never consist of only one method or type of solution.  Diet and exercise are so commonly recommended together that the phrase “diet and exercise” almost exists in our thinking as one course of treatment. Even though diet, and exercise, are two distinctly different approaches to losing weight, we think of them as going together.  Arthritis medications or supplements become more effective when they are accompanied by the practice of daily stretching.  A multi-facet approach to treating ED is no different than treating arthritis or weight loss if the goal is to achieve effective results.

Partial Erections and ED Medications

Vacuum therapy is often recommended along with oral medications. You may know from your own experience, or be surprised to learn, that it is not uncommon for men using ED medications to experience only partial erections. Men that experience these results further report that semi-rigid erections are not effective in achieving successful intercourse. In these cases, it is possible to use a ED Pump along with oral medications to achieve full penile rigidity. Some clinical studies find that patient satisfaction is greater when oral medications for erectile dysfunction and ED Pumps are used together.  For additional information of this topic, The Journal of Urology published a study titled “Concomitant Use of Sildenafil and a Vacuum Entrapment Device for the Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction” 171(1):292-295, January 2004. (http://www.jurology.com/article/S0022-5347(05)62717-6/references)

Injection Therapy and the ED Pump

It is commonly known in the medical community that a primary side effect of using penile injections is the buildup of scar tissue at the site on the penis in which a needle is injected.  Scar tissue can be a contributing factor to a disease known as peyronie’s disease.  Peyronie’s disease is fibrous scar tissue inside the penis that causes curved, painful erections.

If you are using penile injections, it is important to speak about this known side effect with your physician.  Many prescribing physicians believe that a high frequency of penile injections may increases the probability of developing scar tissue, and increase the possibility of developing peyronie’s disease.  Numerous men successfully use ED medications in the form of injection therapy to treat erectile dysfunction.  If you are using injection therapy and your physician shares a common belief that the frequency of injections contributes to a higher probability of developing scar tissue, you can alternate the use of penile injections with an ED pump.  As a man with erectile dysfunction you do not have to choose between penile injections or an ED pump, you can use both.  By using an ED pump 50% of the time, you are reducing the number of penile injections that you receive by 50%.

Tolerance to ED medications and ED Pumps

Tolerance is a person’s diminished response to a drug, which occurs when a drug is used repeatedly and the body adapts to the continued presence of the drug.  Men who use oral ED medications, as well as injectable drugs, can build a tolerance to them over time.  Countless men report that increased tolerance to ED Drugs, whether oral medications or injectable drugs, either require larger doses to be effective or that the drugs can become unproductive and no longer work. Because no drugs are administered into the body when a ED Pump is used, drug tolerance does not apply to the use of vacuum therapy for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.  If you are no longer achieving the results that you once did with ED medications, speak to your physician about adding vacuum therapy to your current treatment plan.

It is important to consult your physician about the treatment of erectile dysfunction and to rely upon medical guidance for all ED treatment methods. If your physician recommends adding a ED Pump to your current existing treatment, you can purchase a medical grade ED Pump from Augusta Medical Systems without a prescription by calling 1-800-827-8382.