Erectile Dysfunction (ED) or impotence is the inability to obtain and/or maintain an erection in males during sexual intercourse. The main causes can be due to a physical or psychological condition. ED can occur at any age, although is more common in those over age 40. It is highly important to find the cause of your ED because it could be a symptom of an underlying medical condition.
- Low Testosterone Levels
- High blood pressure
- Enlarged prostate
- Certain Prescription Medications
- Sleep Disorders
Intracavernous Injection (ICI) Therapy
Overview: ICI therapy has been successfully used to treat ED, non-surgically, since the 1970s. This type of treatment comes in the form of vasodilator and smooth muscle relaxant injections which include:
- BiMix: A combination of Papaverine & Phentolamine
- Super BiMix: A highly concentrated version of the standard BiMix Injection
- TriMix: A combination of Papaverine, Phentolamine & Prostaglandin E1
- Super TriMix: A highly concentrated version of the standard TriMix Injection
- QuadMix: Super TriMix with Atropine added
- Super QuadMix: A highly concentrated version of the standard QuadMix Injection
How it works: The medication is injected with a very fine needle into the spongy muscle of penis, causing dilation of the penis arteries, relaxation and adrenergic toning of the corporal smooth muscle, ultimately leading to a strong and lasting erection without physical stimulation.
- Local, without systemic side effects
- No interaction with medications
- Once a health protocol has been established with a health provider, this treatment is conveniently self administered, fast, safe and reliable.
- Improves sexual health and stamina.
Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP)
PRP is a natural approach to not only treating ED, but also improving the appearance of the penis. It is non-invasive and does not carry of the heart-related side effects that common erectile dysfunction treatments can cause. It is a method of rejuvenating sexual health with long lasting effects.
A small sample of the person’s blood is drawn and placed into a device to centrifuge and separate the platelets from the rest of the blood components. This is then injected into the penile areas of concern. The platelets then begin to work by stimulating healing, improving function and repair of the tissue. Blood flow increases to the target area, where then sensation and stimulation is improved.
- Firmer, larger, longer-lasting, and more frequent erections
- Results can last up to 18 months
- Benefits can be experienced almost immediately after the procedure.
- Enhanced sexual performance
- Increased sensation and pleasure
- Increase in penis length and girth (varies from person to person)
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
Low testosterone in males is a physical condition that can have an effect in their overall well-being. The good news is it can be remedied. Find out what a low testosterone diagnosis means.
Overview: In men, it’s made by the male reproductive glands called the testes. Testosterone is perhaps best known for its positive role in maintaining sex drive and procreation, but it actually benefits the whole body. Testosterone begins to decline as early as the late 20s. The rate of testosterone decline is approximately 1 percent after age 30 or 40. This can often bring symptoms like fatigue, low libido, hair loss, decline in sexual performance, weight gain and more. Although testosterone decline is considered part of the normal aging process, it does not mean one should live with the symptoms and it is also important to rule out any health problem or disease which could be the main cause of low testosterone levels.
Symptoms of Low Testosterone
- Low of bone density
- Lower energy levels
- Increased body fat
- Hair loss
- Irritability, mood swings, anger, depression, fatigue
- Decreased libido or sexual desire
Causes of Low Testosterone
It is important to first find out the cause of your low testosterone. Causes can include many health conditions, such as:
- Congenital causes
- Childhood mumps infection
- Injury to the testes
- Changes in thyroid function
- Systemic infection, such as HIV/AIDS
- Sleep apnea
- Pituitary disorders
Types of Testosterone Treatment
- Oral Testosterone
- Intramuscular Injections
- Transdermal (Topical)
How it works: There are different forms that testosterone can be delivered to the body as a treatment for low testosterone levels. Among these are intramuscular injections (once weekly), testosterone pellet insertion (every 4-6 months), patches, and topical gel (daily). Each of these delivery methods can be as effective, it all depends on preference.
- Increased Energy
- Increased sexual performance
- Increased Sexual Desire
- Improve in mood
- Increases sperm production
Taking supplemental testosterone without investigating further can make it harder to identify certain underlying medical causes. If there’s an underlying cause that can be treated effectively, your low testosterone may go back to normal levels.
If left untreated, low testosterone can contribute to low bone density or heart disease risk. But it doesn’t have to — low testosterone is relatively easy to treat.
The goal of your treatment plan will be to get your testosterone levels back into the normal range. Your treatment will likely depend on your overall health and well-being in addition to your low testosterone diagnosis. If your low testosterone is due to a treatable condition such as sleep apnea, treating your sleep disorder will be at the top of the priority list. Contributing factors, such as obesity, may take more time to manage, but men who lose weight often see improvement in their testosterone levels.
If there’s no underlying condition that can be treated or if treatment isn’t working, you and your doctor will discuss testosterone treatment to get your level back to normal.