Written by the UPGUYS Editorial Team
Published on July 27, 2022
Erectile dysfunction is a common health condition that affects millions of men worldwide. Given how it can affect a man's self-confidence and contribute to relationship problems, it is unsurprising that men have long attempted to treat erectile dysfunction.
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Attempts to treat erectile dysfunction date back thousands of years, at least to the time of Ancient Rome and Greece. There, men suffering from erectile dysfunction would wear talismans of goat and rooster genitalia, which they believed would serve as an aphrodisiac and promote sexual function.
Other remedies throughout antiquity often centered on consuming the genitalia of animals with high libidos. Thankfully, science has made tremendous advancements in recent years, and today, erectile dysfunction injections are one of the most common and effective treatment options available to men.
In this blog post, we will share everything you need to know about how erectile dysfunction injections work and what you should expect from them. We'll also highlight the injection process, risks and side effects, costs, benefits, and more. Let's get started with a quick introduction to what erectile dysfunction is and how it affects the men who suffer from it.
ED, also known to a lesser degree as impotence, is the inability to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough to have sexual intercourse. While traditionally, many men have been reluctant to discuss ED out of embarrassment, it should be stated that it is not an uncommon condition.
As BC medical journal indicates, in Canada, it is estimated that approximately 3 million men over the age of 40 are affected by ED. The prevalence of ED increases with age, though it can affect men of any age. Approximately 60% of men in their 60s might experience some form of ED, whether mild or more serious.
Aside from age, there are a number of potential causes of ED. These include:
ED is typically regarded as a progressive disease, meaning the symptoms worsen over time. If you have experienced difficulty in getting or keeping an erection on several occasions, it may be worth thinking about seeking treatment for ED.
There are a number of different types of medications used to treat ED. These include:
Every case is different, and the specific medication that is administered will differ. In some cases, combinations of medications are given to patients. Examples here include BiMix (a combination of phentolamine and papaverine) and TriMix (which combined all 3 of the above medications). QuadMix is another option, which also includes atropine.
These medications work by widening the blood vessels in the penis and relaxing the smooth muscles. This leads to an increase in circulation.
Injections for ED come in vials and are extracted through a needle syringe. The injection is injected at the midpoint of the penis, which helps to maximize its effect and avoid interference with blood vessels or nerves.
We will go into great detail about the effect of ED injections below, but we will say here that this type of treatment is very fast-acting. An erection is typically achieved within just 5 to 15 minutes after the injection is administered.
Generally, the first time a man receives an injection for ED, it will take place under supervision at their doctor's office. Here, the man will be shown how to correctly administer the injection so that they can do it themselves at home when they wish to get an erection. Let's break down how to correctly administer an ED injection.
There are several items you will need to gather first. These include:
Before starting, make sure that you wash your hands. When you have drawn the medication from the vial into the syringe, grasp the head of your penis and pull it straight out in front of you. For men who are not circumcised, the foreskin should be pulled back before doing this.
Next, choose a point on either side of the penis to perform the injection (along the midshaft as noted above) and clear the area using an alcohol wipe. We recommend that you alternate the side of the penis that you choose for the injection each time. This helps to avoid the development of scar tissue.
Ensure that you have the correct dose in the syringe and there are no visible bubbles. Slide the needle into the shaft of the penis at a slight angle (either at a 10 or 2 o'clock position, ideally). Without delay, push the plunger in order to release all of the medication from the syringe into the penis, and then pull the needle straight back out.
Using your thumb, apply pressure to the site of the injection for 2 to 3 minutes in order to avoid any bruising or bleeding. Finally, dispose of the syringe in the sharps container. If you do not have a sharps container, you may use a sturdy plastic container.
As we have noted above, most men will attain an erection within 5 to 15 minutes of the injection. In some cases, men may first require sexual foreplay to achieve an erection.
The length of time that the erection will last will vary from person to person and depends on factors such as overall health. However, the erection should last for approximately 30 to 60 minutes (or up to orgasm) in most cases.
On the whole, ED injections are a highly effective treatment for ED. Various studies attest to this. One such study looked at the aforementioned Trimix and noted that 89% of users were capable of having sexual intercourse.
Generally speaking, there should be very little pain experienced with ED injections. A person may notice a sting or pinch when the needle is inserted, though this is normal. The medication itself should not result in any pain in the penis.
As noted, bruising or bleeding may occur following the administration of the injection (this is the case with any type of injection). Let's take a look at some of the common side effects of taking ED injections.
In order to avoid any temporary irritation and swelling, it is important to ensure the proper placement of the needle during the injection process. If you are unsure about any part of the process, we encourage you to speak to your doctor or a medical professional.
Priapism, which refers to a prolonged erection, may occur in some rare cases after taking an ED injection. In order to treat priapism, you should apply an ice pack to your penis or take a decongestant that contains phenylephrine. Medical attention is advised if the erection lasts for longer than 4 hours.
If you experience any bleeding or pain that lasts for more than a few minutes following the administration of the medication, you should also consult with a doctor.
The bottom line here is that ED injections, when performed correctly, are considered very safe.
ED injections cost less than you might think, given how easy they are to use and effective they are in treating the condition. We recommend that you speak with your healthcare provider to learn more about the cost of ED injections in Canada.
If you are suffering from ED, injections are an excellent treatment option. There are many treatment options for ED available today, and it can be difficult to understand which option best suits you.
That's where we come in. UPGUYS is here to help you select the most suitable option and connect you with a practitioner to see if a treatment option is available for you. Click here to get started and talk to a practitioner about recommended treatment options.
This article on the ED injection process highlights everything you need to know about using injections to treat ED. If you would like to learn more about ED injection benefits get in touch with your doctor.