Healthy erectile function is all about blood flow to the penis.  Sexual stimulation begins a chain of chemical reactions which result in the release of nitric oxide that boosts blood flow to penile tissues.  When erections occur naturally, penile tissues relax and blood flow is the simple result of a natural process.

For more information, check out our “Guide to Erectile Dysfunction“.

Every device, prescription medication, or homeopathic treatment for erectile dysfunction should attempt to answer one question. How to increase blood flow to the penis when the body isn’t functioning as it should?  Supplements and different types of foods make various claims about properties they possess for improving blood flow. 

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Food for improving erectile dysfunction


WebMD publishes a list of foods for improving erectile dysfunction most of which contain zinc, caffeine, or nitric oxide.  Examples of these foods are:


Oysters can improve blood to the penis









coffee can increase blood flow to the penis



nuts can increase blood flow to the penis










Foods are likely to be beneficial over time, and they can have a positive impact on underlying factors as well as long term health.  This does not mean that they will achieve predictable or reliable results.  In terms of producing results when needed, vasodilators are both reliable and predictable.  


What is a Vasodilator?


According to the Mayo Clinic’s definition of what is a vasodilator,  it is a medicine that opens (dialate) blood vessels.  They effect the muscles in your arteries and veins, preventing the muscles from tightening and the walls from narrowing.  A common use of vasodilators is for the treatment of hypertension and heart disease.

The Cleveland Clinic recognizes a drug that acts as a vasodilator to create erections called Alprostadil.  Alprostadil (brand names Caverject®, Edex®, Prostin VR®) belongs to a group of medicines known as vasodilators. These drugs increase blood flow by expanding blood vessels in the penis.

This medicine is identical to a naturally occurring substance found in the body that helps keep the blood vessels open, letting blood flow more easily. Alprostadil helps treat erectile dysfunction by increasing the blood flow to the penis, causing an erection.

The downside of using these drugs is that they have to be administered with a needle directly into the penis.  So you must be comfortable injecting a needle into the penis.  If you have an aversion to needles, Sildenafil may be a good way to increase blood flow to the penis.


What is Sildenafil?



GoodRx defines Sildenafil as a drug commonly used to treat erectile dysfunction.  Sildenafil belongs to a group of medicines called phosphodiesterase 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. Sildenafil helps to maintain an erection after the penis is erect.  There are various drug interactions that may prohibit safe use of drugs that contain Sildenafil. The presence of other medical conditions may also effect the use of Sildenafil.  Do not use this medicine if you are also using a nitrate medicine, often used to treat angina or high blood pressure as it may present risks to your health.


Erectile dysfunction pump


If you would like to increase blood flow to the penis an erectile dysfunction pump is an excellent choice.  It can be applied in less than 2 minutes.  It is controllable, predictable, and does not require ingesting a pill or using needles. Using an erectile dysfunction pump is a method that is simple to apply.

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Erectile dysfunction exercises


Erectile Dysfunction exercises are described by Healthline as possible through using basic kegal exercises. These are not likely to have the same immediate results as erectile dysfunction exercises using vacuum therapy which is a simple process consisting of the following steps:


  1. Apply lubricant to the body and device.  Do not use the tension system at all for this exercise.
  2. Use the system to slowly create an erection by pumping the handle 3-5 times and waiting ten seconds for blood to flow into the penis.
  3. Repeat step two (2) until the penis has become fully erect.
  4. Hold the erection within the cylinder for 2-3 minutes
  5. Release the erection within the cylinder by pressing the release button on the back of the pump head. Note: do not remove the cylinder from around the penis at all during this process.

Repeat this 5-step process of creating and releasing erections before you take a shower or bath.

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To check out the various vacuum therapy products available at Augusta Medical Systems to to the AMS Product page.  Or contact customer support at Augusta Medical Systems with questions at 800-827-8382.