erectile dysfunction myths

Unfortunately, the topic of erectile dysfunction is not widely discussed among men, which leads to some common misconceptions. As a medical professional, it is my responsibility to share resources and offer treatment options that are scientifically proven, safe, and effective in treating ED. Let’s debunk 5 erectile dysfunction myths.

Myth #1: Erectile dysfunction is only a problem for older guys.

Difficulty getting and maintaining an erection satisfactory for sex is something that happens to all of us at one time or another and it can happen at any age. In fact, I have a number of patients in their 20s and 30s who have come to see me in order to improve their erectile function and performance. There are a variety of reasons why a man might have trouble getting and maintaining an erection, including physiologic issues like diabetes or vascular disease. Alcohol, other drugs, or medications a man may be using can also cause ED. Psychologic factors such as depression and performance anxiety can also play a major role in causing difficulty with sexual performance. Although it is certainly true that erectile function generally declines as we age, these issues can arise at any point in a man’s life. Fortunately, we are living in a time where there are multiple treatment options that can help us enjoy a vigorous and satisfying sex life whatever our age.  

Myth #2: Pills like Viagra or Cialis are the only treatment available for ED.

The “erection pills” like Viagra or Cialis are generally the first thing that guys think of when they decide to improve their erectile function. They are often a logical first choice because they are safe and effective for most men. Unfortunately, these ED medications don’t work well for about 35% of men, or they become less effective for them over time. The good news is that there are other treatment options available beyond the pills that most men aren’t aware of. These include two treatments that I offer at The Prime Clinic — Trimix injection therapy and shockwave therapy. Both of these treatments are safe and effective when administered properly and even have some advantages over the pills. During your free initial consultation at The Prime Clinic, we will discuss your health and sexual history as well as your goals in order to choose the best treatment options for you.

Myth #3: ED medications are expensive.

Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and the like have made the big pharmaceutical companies that make them billions of dollars since they came out in the 90s. Prescription drug plans have often not covered these medications or covered only a very limited supply. The retail price of brand name Viagra can be over $20 per tablet. These high prices have often led men to buy their pills from dubious suppliers such as overseas “pharmacies” or to try equally dubious “male performance enhancers” sold on the internet. Fortunately now, some of these drugs are available as generics at a much lower cost. I pride myself on helping my patients find legitimate treatments that actually work, at the lowest prices available. Other options, such as Trimix injection therapy, can also work very well at a reasonable cost. I like to say, “You don’t need to get stiffed to get stiff!”

Myth #4: All shockwave treatments for ED are the same.

Shockwave therapy is a relatively new, safe, and effective treatment to improve erectile function that many men are not yet aware of. Even fewer are aware that there are two forms of shockwave treatment being offered at practices like The Prime Clinic. “Focused shockwave” is the form of therapy that has been extensively studied and shown to be safe and effective. For that reason, it is the only form of shockwave I offer. 

“Radial shockwave” has not been as well studied or proven to have the same effect as focused shockwave. Unfortunately, most clinics that offer shockwave therapy are using radial shockwave because radial shockwave machines cost about half what focused machines do. Radial shockwave machines can be purchased and used by anyone, while a focused machine can only be purchased and used by a physician. Not all shockwave is created equal but the clinics promoting radial shockwave are charging the same prices as the few clinics that offer the real deal. Even worse are the “shockwave” devices being promoted and sold online for hundreds to thousands of dollars that really aren’t shockwave machines at all!

Shockwave therapy can be a very beneficial treatment for men who want to improve their sexual performance, but cost can be a factor. It truly is worth seeking out genuine focused shockwave treatment in order to get results on the investment you are making.  

Myth #5: Utilizing Trimix Injection Therapy to get an erection is worse than not having an erection.

Almost all men are horrified at the first thought of injecting something into their penis to get an erection. It sounds painful and extreme. The reality, however, is neither of those things. The fact of the matter is that the use of intracavernosal pharmacotherapy (aka Trimix) is nearly painless and highly effective when administered properly, and it is used by thousands of men every day.  Trimix is a liquid medication containing three ingredients that is injected into the penis in a very small volume using a tiny needle and syringe. It produces a full erection in 10-20 minutes, does not require sexual stimulation to work, and is generally more effective, with fewer side effects, than pills like Viagra or Cialis. The use of Trimix can allow men who aren’t able to get erections using the pills, or who have ED as a result of treatment for prostate cancer, to perform again.  

As with any prescription medication, there are some risks associated with the use of Trimix and it should only be used under the supervision of and prescribed by, a physician. I believe that Trimix is for any man who struggles with erectile function for whatever reason and wants to have confidence that he will be able to perform sexually whenever he wishes.

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