ED effects a large number of men in the US. Chances are, you know someone in your life who has it and don’t even know it. About half of men ages 40 to 70 develop the condition, and it becomes more likely the older a man gets. Fortunately, there’s plenty of treatment options nowadays such as ED drugs, injectable options, the penile suppository, vacuum tube, and more. These are all very effective for mild to moderate cases. However, with severe ED, sometimes none of these options proves sufficient. In this case, often an implant is suggested. There are several different kinds. They require an invasive procedure however, along with recovery time. Besides that and the risks of complication, such as infection, most men would prefer a more natural and less invasive option. Italian researchers may have found an option combining two treatments that already exist. Each is non-invasive.
This combines an Alprostadil cream with a vacuum tube device. Alprostadil is a vasodilator, meaning it increases the production of nitric oxide inside the body, in order to cause the blood vessels to dilate. A lack of blood flow into the penis is usually the reason why certain patients find erections hard or impossible to form. Alprostadil is currently used as an injectable product for ED, whose brand name is MUSE. Here, researchers used a cream containing the ED drug along with a vacuum tube. 12 patients between the ages of 55 and 65, with severe ED, took part. Each inserted 3 mg of the cream into the urethral meatus—the hole in the penis’s head. Then, they placed the vacuum device over the penis and used it. The pressure causes blood to go into the penis, and a band is placed at its base traps it inside. In each case, they found participants created an erection that was rigid enough for intercourse. But a larger study must be done to corroborate these findings. If you think you have ED, see a doctor or urologist about it.