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Aetna considers the external penile vacuum pump device medically necessary durable medical equipment (DME) when it is prescribed by a physician as an alternative to other therapies for erectile dysfunction. External penile pumps are considered experimental and investigational for other indications including for the prevention of erectile dysfunction following prostatectomy because their effectiveness for these indications has not been established. .
While performing Kegels, men sometimes forget some minor details that should be avoided to minimize risks or mishappenings. Here are some of those:
While erectile dysfunction can occur at any age, the risk of developing erectile dysfunction increases with age. According to the Massachusetts Male Aging Study, the prevalence of erectile dysfunction was 52% in men 40-70 years of age. The prevalence of complete erectile dysfunction increases from 5% at 40 years of age to 15% among men 70 years of age and older.
Burnett AL, Nehra A, Breau RH, et al. Erectile dysfunction: AUA guideline. J Urol. 2018;200(3):633-641. PMID: 29746858 pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/29746858. Version Info
Among the most popular treatment options for erectile dysfunction are pharmaceuticals. Drugs such as Viagra (Sildenafil), Levitra (Vardenafil), and Cialis (Tadalafil) are popular and boast an 80% success rate. These drugs are classified as phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5) – which enable an erection, temporarily, but are not the best for maintaining an erection over time.
Another relatively simple, non-invasive treatment for ED includes use of a vacuum erection device (‘penile pump’), to assist with achieving erection for intercourse. These devices work by pulling blood into the penis; a tight constrictive ring is then placed at the base of the penis. While generally safe, care should be taken not to overinflate the device nor to leave the constrictive ring on for prolonged periods as either of these may lead to penile damage.
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While ED is not life threatening, the condition may result in withdrawal from sexual intimacy, reduced quality of life, decreased working productivity, and increased healthcare utilization. Patterns of care may shift away from surgical and device therapies provided by urologists and toward pharmacologic treatments and/or multidisciplinary approaches. With men increasingly seeking to preserve sexual function and quality of life as they age, the treatment of ED will take on even greater importance in the years to come.
Exercise improves blood flow, which is vitally important to a strong erection, and improves blood pressure by increasing nitric oxide in blood vessels, which he says is exactly how Viagra works. Weight-bearing exercise can increase the natural production of testosterone, a significant factor in erectile strength and sex drive.
You may not be able to use these drugs if you have any of the following conditions:
Other treatments also have possible side effects and complications. Ask your provider to explain the risks and benefits of each treatment.
Too much squeezing of your buttocks and thighsNot relaxing pelvic bones while doing kegel exercisesInappropriate postures while performing half bridges and cat and cow poses.Not breathing properly while holding the posturesExtensive workout can also be harmfulPilates Exercises
Injections work quite well for most men, but not everyone is willing to stick a needle into one's penis. Most of my patients actually do quite well after a teaching session that we do in the office. It also helps that the needle is tiny and the part of the penis where you have to inject does not generally hurt.
Vardenafil (Levitra) was the second oral medicine approved by the U.S. FDA for the treatment of erectile dysfunction. Like sildenafil (Viagra), vardenafil (Levitra) inhibits PDE5, which destroys cGMP (as discussed earlier). It is the only PDE 5 inhibitor that has a generic form available.
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The National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Erectile Dysfunction.”