Few things are as scary as a spinal cord injury (SCI). Depending on the severity, one worries that they may never be able to walk again, or do the things that they used to. It can also affect a man’s sexual performance. Nerve signaling from the brain must travel down the spinal cord in order to initiate an erection. The problem is, lots of men who endure such an injury are uninformed about the consequences to their sexual health. Some men with SCI find they operate normally.
Others either cannot achieve an erection sufficient for intercourse, or cannot feel it. Those who are concerned or who have suffered such a problem really need to address it with a physician. Oftentimes, doctors forget to cover this area. But sexual health is a really important part of life, the psychological and physical health of a man, and the health of his relationship. Fortunately, there are lots of treatment options available to restore a man’s erectile functioning.
Oral medications like Viagra and Cialis work well for many SCI patients, according to a new meta-analysis. It is important that patients review all the ins and outs of medication with a physician, and learn about how to take it in order to make it as effective as possible. There are a minority of patients however who cannot take these medications due to side effects, or since they are taking certain heart medication.
A vacuum tube can be useful. This is a tube that is put over the penis. A pump is used to draw blood in. Then a ring is placed around its base, ensuring that the erection holds. Penile injections work best for some men. While penile suppositories who work well with others. In extreme cases, an implant may be warranted.
Whatever your case, be sure if you have SCI to talk with a doctor or urologist, should you be suffering from sexual dysfunction. There are many options available today for those who have difficulty forming or maintaining an erection, experiencing orgasm, or wrestling with fertility issues. Inquire and see what may work for you.