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Maximize Penile Blood Flow Post-Spinal Injury with VaxAid

On this page we will help you understand the ways in which a spinal cord injury can affect your sexual function, and look at possible solutions, such as our water-based penis pump designed to maximize penile blood flow, restore sensation, and assist in tissue repair for spinal injury patients.

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Revitalizing Intimacy After Spinal Injury

For individuals grappling with spinal injuries, the process for improved blood circulation to the penis poses a distinctive set of challenges. Spinal cord injuries often disrupt the intricate neural pathways that regulate sexual function, leading to changes in sensation, orgasm, and erection.

The impairment of these vital connections can affect the body's ability to naturally facilitate blood flow to the penile region, hindering the overall sexual experience.

Understanding and addressing these challenges become pivotal steps in the journey toward restoring intimate well-being post-spinal injury.

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Understanding Erections After a Spinal Cord Injury

A Spinal Cord Injury can impact the three types of erections—psychogenic, reflexogenic, and spontaneous— due to changes in neural signaling.

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Psychogenic Erections

Triggered by mental or emotional stimuli, such as sexual thoughts or fantasies. SCI may disrupt the neural pathways responsible for transmitting sexual signals from the brain to the penis, affecting the initiation and sustainability of psychogenic erections.

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Reflexogenic Erections

Occur in response to physical touch or stimulation of the genital area. SCI can disrupt the reflex arcs that facilitate genital stimulation, potentially impairing the ability to achieve or maintain reflexogenic erections.

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Spontaneous Erections

Happen without apparent sexual or physical stimulation, often during sleep or waking hours. SCI may alter the neural regulation of spontaneous erections, leading to changes in frequency and intensity. Some individuals may experience a reduction in spontaneous erections.

Effects on Erections Post-Spinal Injury

Altered neural pathways can lead to reduced genital sensation, impacting the response to psychogenic and reflexogenic stimuli. The neurological disruption caused by SCI can affect the coordination and communication between the brain and penis, influencing the initiation and sustainability of erections.


Additionally, it may affect the regulation of blood flow to the genital area, contributing to difficulties in achieving and maintaining erections.


Understanding these three types of erections and their susceptibility to SCI highlights the complexity of sexual function after a spinal injury. Solutions like VaxAid, designed for penile rehabilitation, can play a crucial role in supporting erectile function in individuals with SCI.

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Strategies for Erection Support

Constriction Bands

Also known as tension rings or penis rings, serve as devices to prolong and maintain erections by preventing blood outflow from the penis. To use them, individuals typically place the band at the base of the penis after achieving an erection. If you choose to use one, avoid prolonged use, ensure the correct size to prevent discomfort, and monitor regularly for signs of issues like numbness or discoloration.

Vacuum Erection Devices (VED)

Are non-invasive tools designed to address erectile dysfunction by creating a vacuum in a cylindrical tube, promoting blood flow into the penile tissues. Once an erection is achieved, a constriction ring is used to maintain it. VEDs offer a non-surgical alternative for managing erectile dysfunction, making them suitable for various causes. Traditionally, VEDs use air pressure, however that can lead to inconsistent pressure and blistering. Conversely, as a water-based vacuum pump, VaxAid provides a natural and non-pharmacological solution, promoting enhanced blood circulation, tissue repair, and sensitivity recovery in spinal injury without the traditional risks associated with VEDs.

Medications

Medications such as Viagra (Sildenafil), Cialis (Tadalafil), and Levitra (Vardenafil) fall under the category of phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors. These drugs enhance blood flow to the penis, aiding in the achievement and maintenance of an erection. For individuals seeking a natural alternative, VaxAid, a water-based vacuum pump, presents a non-pharmacological solution to enhance blood circulation, sensitivity, and tissue repair, aligning with a holistic approach to sexual health.

Urethral Suppositories (Muse) and Penile Injection Therapy

These alternative methods for inducing erections by promoting blood flow to the penis. Muse involves inserting a medicated pellet into the urethra, while injection therapy entails directly injecting a vasodilator into the penis. Both methods have demonstrated efficacy, but drawbacks include potential discomfort, side effects, and the psychological impact of self-administration.

Surgically Implanted Prosthesis

Surgically implanting a penile prosthesis involves the insertion of a device into the penis to facilitate erections. This procedure is typically considered for individuals with severe erectile dysfunction who haven't responded to other treatments. While it is an effective solution in producing reliable erections, there are associated risks such as the potential for infection, mechanical issues, and temporary discomfort during the recovery period.

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Your Penile Circulation ED Solution

VaxAid's innovative design caters specifically to the unique needs of individuals recovering from spinal injuries, offering a multi-faceted approach to enhance sexual well-being. The water-based mechanism of VaxAid is adept at facilitating improved blood circulation to the penis, addressing a key concern for those with spinal injuries.

This increased blood flow not only supports overall penile health but also contributes significantly to improved sensation post-spinal injury, which are each crucial aspects for a satisfying sexual experience with restored confidence.

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Frequently Asked Questions

*Before using, be sure to talk to your doctor to ensure VaxAid is right for you.

Will I still be able to experience sexual pleasure after an SCI?

Yes, while the experience may evolve, many individuals find ways to experience pleasure through alternative methods and intimacy.

How do changes in sensation impact my ability to engage in intimate activities?

Changes in sensation may require exploration of alternative erogenous zones and communication with partners to find pleasurable activities.

Can I achieve and maintain an erection after a spinal injury?

Achieving and maintaining an erection may be affected, but solutions like VaxAid, a water-based vacuum pump, can support improved blood flow.

What role does psychological well-being play in post-SCI sexual function?

Psychological well-being is crucial. Positive mental health can enhance overall sexual satisfaction, and addressing concerns through communication and support is essential.

Are there alternative methods to achieve orgasm after an SCI?

Yes, exploring alternative methods and focusing on different aspects of pleasure, such as emotional connection, can contribute to achieving orgasm.

How do changes in sexual function affect relationships and intimacy?

Changes can impact intimacy, but open communication, emotional support, and exploration of new forms of intimacy can strengthen relationships.

What are the potential solutions for addressing erectile challenges after SCI?

Solutions include interventions like VaxAid, which supports improved blood flow, and other options such as medications or devices.

Are there interventions or devices that can assist in regaining sexual function?

Yes, devices like VaxAid, known for its water-based technology, can contribute to enhanced blood circulation and improved sexual function.

How can I communicate with my partner about the changes in sexual function?

Open and honest communication is key. Discuss feelings, desires, and explore new ways of intimacy together.

What lifestyle adjustments can support a fulfilling sexual life after an SCI?

Lifestyle adjustments may include adopting a positive mindset, seeking professional support, and exploring adaptive techniques and devices for enhanced intimacy.