When it comes to erectile dysfunction, the most obvious treatment isn't necessarily the best.

Why Viagra Doesn’t Always Work

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Viagra doesn’t always work.

Shocked? So are most people, since the massive marketing campaigns try and convince everyone that the one-stop treatment for symptoms of ED is Viagra.

But for about 33% of men who try it, Viagra doesn’t work.

That’s a very big deal. If 33% of parachutes didn’t open, they wouldn’t be considered very effective.

Even more concerning, doctors say that of the men who actually are prescribed the medication, only 40-50% actually even ask for a refill. Sometimes the side effects are too much of a nuisance, sometimes the men grow immune to the drug and sometimes, it just doesn’t work.

For Jordan, Viagra  just didn’t work. He was 37, recently single and excited to get back out there. There was just one problem. He couldn’t seem to get it up as well as he once could.

It took him months to muster up the courage to tell someone about what he was experiencing, and honestly, the topic probably only came up because it was time for his annual physical. When his physician asked if he had other any concerns to discuss, he decided it was time to tell someone. To his relief, his doctor didn’t seem too shocked or concerned. He also found out something very surprising:

It wasn’t uncommon for someone his age to experience symptoms of ED.

After lots of discussion and a referral to another physician, it was decided that Jordan would try Viagra. Like most people, he had heard of Viagra and seen all the commercials and advertisements. He was relieved and felt confident that it would work…but after a few weeks, he realized that he was wrong.

Viagra wasn’t working.

Feeling defeated, he called his doctor to schedule another appointment. In the meantime, he waited.

Why Viagra doesn’t work.

The National Institute of Health website explains that Viagra was the first released of a group of drugs called PDE-5 inhibitors. Essentially, these drugs help the blood vessel muscles relax, which allows the vessels that run through the penis to expand enough to become firm. When these drugs work, they do so by slowing down an enzyme found in the spongy tissue of the penis, increasing the blood flow, improving the erection …most of the time.

However, Viagra doesn’t work for everyone. Here’s why.

#1. It’s common for the body to build up a tolerance to drugs.

Newsmaxhealth.com says that independent studies show that these drugs tend to work only about 50-60% of the time. If it does work, it often stops working after awhile since the body often builds up a resistance to it’s effectiveness.

#2. Other men might have medical conditions that prevent them from taking PDE-5 inhibitors.

For example, men that have serious heart problems, high/low blood pressure, severe liver or kidney disease, or some eye problems should not take these drugs. Other people have side effects that are so severe that they decide the benefits just aren’t worth it. The most common side effects are headaches and stomach problems.

#3. For other people, like Jordan, it just doesn’t work.

Many people expect Viagra or one of these drugs to be a quick fix but in reality, it’s not always that easy.  Sometimes a man’s body just doesn’t respond  to the meds and other times, it doesn’t actually treat the real problem. Viagra, for example, doesn’t affect the lack of sexual desire or interest (if that’s the issue, testosterone might be the problem), which can often mask itself as a symptom of ED.

So what now?

Men are often surprised to find that they actually prefer the alternatives to Viagra.

Some might cringe at the thought of injecting their penis with a medicine, but many men find this painless and extremely effective. For example, Trimix is administered via injection about 15 minutes before you have sex and works by relaxing the smooth muscles in the penis and opening the blood vessels to cause an erection.

The success rate on these injections is extremely high, reaching almost 90% (via medfacts.com).

If this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. You’ll perform this a few times under supervision of a nurse or doctor a few times before you’re on your own so by the time you’re ready for action, you’ll be confident and fully prepared.

If giving yourself an injection sounds almost as bad as ED itself,  TriMix also has a gel that is an excellent alternative to the injection. It works almost instantly and lasts for up to an hour. The only real downside to the gel is that the success rate is much lower than the injection at 40%, according to www.trimexgel.com.

When it works, it works.

Back to Jordan. Jordan went to back to his doctor and like most men, was taken aback at the thought of injecting his penis. However, after several run throughs with the nurse, he was relieved to realize it actually wasn’t that bad. A few weeks later, he was feeling great and his confidence was better than it was before all this happened.
His only regret now? He should have tried Trimix first. 

Interested in hearing more? The best way to find out is to come in and talk to us about your situation, and how we can help you out.

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