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What are Penile Injections and How do they Work?

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects millions of men. Explore its symptoms, risk factors and available treatment options.

What is Erectile Dysfunction?

An estimated 30 million men have erectile dysfunction in the United States. Erectile dysfunction is a relatively common condition in which men cannot maintain or achieve an erection for a long enough period for satisfactory sexual intercourse. While some physicians may use the term "impotence" to describe erectile dysfunction, it is outdated and used less often today.

What are the Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile Dysfunction may be transient and can occur for a short or extended period. You may have erectile dysfunction if:

  • You are unable to achieve an erection
  • You have an erection, but it cannot last long enough for fulfilling sexual intercourse
  • You cannot achieve an erection whenever you would like to have sex

Erectile dysfunction is relatively common. However, it is not a normal part of aging. A fulfilling sex life is an essential component of healthy living. Erectile dysfunction may not only impact your ability to enjoy sex but may also affect the intimacy between you and your partner, straining your relationship over time. In addition, erectile dysfunction may cause low self-esteem, anxiety or even depression. Because erectile dysfunction can significantly affect your quality of life, it is important to seek treatment.

Who is at Risk for Erectile Dysfunction?

Male sexual arousal involves a complex process of physical and psychological factors, including hormones, emotions, nerves, muscles and blood vessels. Certain groups of men are at a higher risk of developing erectile dysfunction, including those with:

  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • Low testosterone

In addition, some prescription medications increase the risk of erectile dysfunction. Fortunately, several treatments can effectively address this condition, helping men experience more fulfilling sex.

What Treatments are Available to Address Erectile Dysfunction?

The most common treatments for erectile dysfunction are oral medication or penile injections. Oral medications may also require manual stimulation to achieve an erection, and some men experience bothersome side effects, including headaches and skin flushing. In addition, some men also encounter drug absorption issues that hinder oral medication's overall efficacy.

In contrast, penile injections cause a spontaneous erection within minutes of administration, with most erections lasting between 30 to 60 minutes. Penile injections increase blood flow to the penis, which causes long-lasting, firmer erections. They are a reliable treatment option for men who do not wish to take oral medication or have had little success with previous treatments. In addition, they generally cause fewer side effects than oral medication and can be administered quickly and discreetly.

What Types of Penile Injections are Available for Erectile Dysfunction?

Several types of effective penile injections are available on the market today. Bi-mix injections contain a combination of papaverine and phentolamine mesylate, which promote blood flow to the penis. This medication works within minutes, helping you achieve an erection and enjoy a fulfilling sexual experience.

Quad-mix is another option that increases blood flow directly to the penis. Quad-mix contains a mix of anti-erection dysfunction agents similar to Bi-mix injections but also includes atropine and prostaglandin E1. Atropine promotes blood flow and leads to longer-lasting erections. Prostaglandin E1 is a vasodilator that relaxes blood vessels and smooth muscle. Together, this unique mix of drugs helps men with erectile dysfunction restore their sexual health and enjoy intimacy with their partners.

Some men find that Bi-mix injections work well to help them achieve desired results, while others prefer Quad-mix. It may be necessary to try different formulations to decide which works best for you.

How are Penile Injections Administered?

While many people are intimidated by injectables, penile injections are easy to self-administer and work within minutes. After thoroughly washing your hands, gently grab the penis and pull it straight in front of you to locate an area midshaft for administration. Avoid injecting into any area with a visible blood vessel. Once you have filled your syringe with the desired amount of medication, cleanse the area with an alcohol wipe and insert the needle into the shaft. After injection, safely dispose of the needle. You should notice the desired effects within several minutes. 

While erectile dysfunction is a common health condition experienced by millions of men across the United States, you don't have to allow it to affect your sex life. Penile injections can help you achieve an erection, enjoy sexual satisfaction and restore intimacy in your relationship. Take control of your health and see what this life-changing medication can do for you today.   

How to get a Prescription for Penile Injections

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