Impotence describes the inability to get or sustain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse.
How could injection therapy help my ED?
Penile injections are usually indicated when oral medications have not worked, or have stopped working. The medication used to help you get an erection again is available in injection form, a pellet or a cream. It works by encouraging blood flow to your penis. When blood is trapped in the penis it stimulates an erection.
This medication is only available on prescription. You cannot buy it over the counter from a pharmacy or buy it from the supermarket.
It is very important that you are assessed by a qualified Doctor before taking this medication. It is available in different strengths and you will need to be monitored while on this medication to ensure that it is working properly for you and that you are not having any side effects.
This injection is administered by yourself, but a doctor will show you how to to do this. After you have injected, you should get an erection strong enough for sexual intercourse within about twenty minutes.
In most cases the erection will last around one hour. If you suffer from premature ejaculation it can also help with this.
The prospect of injecting your own penis might seem daunting. However, most men manage quite well after being shown how to do it. Occasionally, some men find that they cannot self inject, or it becomes too much of a distraction from sex. In these cases patients could consider a penile implant.
There are other modes of administration for the prescribed erectile dysfunction medication. A small pellet can be inserted into your urethra. You can do this yourself. It is best done just after passing urine. This treatment can be used twice a day but not more than seven times a week. Although this does not involve injecting the penis, care must be taken as it is possible to scratch the lining of the urethra.
If you have a bend in your penis then this treatment would not be right for you.
A cream is also available, which for many men is more attractive than injecting their penis or inserting anything into the urethra.
However, this cream may cause a rash or even cause discomfort for your partner. If your partner is pregnant, breast feeding or of childbearing age, then it would be advisable for you to use a condom for sexual intercourse.
There is a risk with all of these medications that you get an erection that will not subside, even after ejaculation. There are steps that you can take to help the erection subside but if it persists then you should go directly to A&E as it is a potentially serious condition.
In the first instance, if your erection will not go down after ejaculation you could try these methods:
Take a cold shower
Ice pack applied to the penis (in short bursts)
Take Sudafed (always check with a Doctor or Pharmacist before taking this medication)
If you are experiencing difficulties getting or maintaining an erection then seek help without delay. Erection problems can sometimes be a sign of another illness or disease which may need to be treated.