Your Sex Life

Erectile dysfunction drugs – Can help sexual recovery

Erectile dysfunction drugs, such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, all help increase blood flow to the penis. Some studies suggest that regular use of these drugs soon after surgery for prostate cancer may help improve erection problems. A long history of use Viagra was the first to hit the U.S. market in the late 1990s.  …

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Self-injected drugs – For erection problems

Self-injected drugs — or penile injections — are available to help men with erection problems related to prostate cancer treatments. Self-injected drugs are injected through a small needle into the base of the penis, causing it to become engorged with blood. These drugs include: Papaverine hydrochloride Phentolamine Alprostadil (brand names are Caverject and Edex) Only alprostadil …

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Vacuum pump devices for erection problems – May take some practice

Vacuum pump devices or vacuum constriction devices are a non-drug alternative to help with erection problems following treatment for prostate cancer. They may be a good option for men who don’t want to use oral or self-injected drugs. How do vacuum pump devices work? Generally, a man uses a special jelly that is applied around …

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Urethral pellets – For erection problems

Urethral pellets are another option to help with erection problems that can result after treatment for prostate cancer. They are sometimes referred to as intraurethral suppositories or medicated urethral system for erections (MUSE). They are made with basically the same medicine (alprostadil) that is used in self-injection drugs (penile injections). The medicine is inserted into the tip …

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Penile implants – To solve erection problems

Penile implants — or penile prostheses  — are permanent devices that give a man the ability to have an erection. These devices have been available for more than 40 years and are implanted through a surgical procedure. How penile prostheses differ Inflatable (also called hydraulic implants) typically include the use of: An internal pump system Saltwater Inflatable plastic cylinders …

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Erections not possible? – One alternative solution

Despite drugs to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), there are men who will never respond adequately or have erections that are firm enough for sexual intercourse, including men who: Have lost both nerve bundles Are on long-term hormone therapy Have been surgically castrated There are also men who may choose not to use devices to achieve erections, including: Penile …

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A natural remedy for impotence? – Learn before you buy

You want a natural remedy for impotence that works and is safe. While there are several natural herbal remedies that are commonly advertised, always check with a healthcare provider before taking any herbs or supplements. May affect other treatments Researchers at UT Southwestern Medical Center discovered that hormonal components in over-the-counter dietary supplements may: Promote the progression …

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Impotence after prostate cancer – Experts offer hope to cope

Unfortunately, sexual side effects following prostate cancer treatment are quite common. We asked the authors of Intimacy with Impotence, Ralph & Barbara Alterowitz, to address this important issue. Both are AASECT Certified Sex Counselors and founders of the nonprofit organization The Center for Intimacy After Cancer Therapy. They provide some excellent tips for couples who are struggling with changes that …

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