The Penis and Erectile Dysfunction

What a lot of men who suffer this condition don’t realise, though many consultant Urologists are only too well aware, Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can, in nine out of ten cases, be overcome without expensive surgery or drugs which can produce unpleasant side effects.

ED is often a symptom of an underlying medical condition and any man who finds himself with ED should consult his doctor. Urologists, depending on the cause of the condition, then have several methods at their disposal for treating it. As the majority of ED cases are generally caused by poor blood supply to the penis, treatments usually involve some method of increasing the blood supply to the penis along with the capacity of the blood holding erectile tissues to contain it.

One of the most effective treatments, which the NHS claims works for nine out of ten men but is often overlooked by ED sufferers, is vacuum technology. This involves the drawing of blood into the penis by surrounding the penis in a partial vacuum.

This technique has been used successfully for many years and now VaxAid brings a whole new concept to vacuum technology. VaxAid is the only vacuum system to combine hydro-vacuum therapy to exercise the penile blood system quickly and effectively in the shower or bathtub as part of the daily washing routine and at the same time allow a man to gain and maintain an erection in air for sexual spontaneity.

When a man becomes sexually aroused the arteries feeding the penis dilate so directing more blood to the penis.

This extra blood then floods into the erectile tissues, the Corpora Cavernosa and the Corpus Spongiosum, expanding them and so lengthening and thickening the penis, which in turn creates the erection.

As the Corpora Cavernosa and the Corpus Spongiosum expand they constrict the veins that take blood out of the penis, so more blood is flowing into the penis than is flowing out.

Once full erection is achieved the blood flowing in is balanced by the blood flowing out, in effect a state of equilibrium, so maintaining the erection. After sex, the reverse happens. The arteries shrink back reducing blood flowing into the penis while the blood flowing out is greater, draining the penis. When the penis has become flaccid the blood flow in and out of the penis is once again the same and in equilibrium.

The fullness and hardness of the erection and the ability to maintain one is, therefore, highly dependent upon the level of blood flowing into the penis and the capacity of the Corpora Cavernosa and the Corpus Spongiosum to expand and restrict blood flowing back out. Any disruption to this equilibrium could mean the penis does not fully erect, or will not stay erect, or will not erect at all. The generic name for this condition is Erectile Dysfunction and it can be brought on by a variety of causes, many if not most of which affect this balance of blood flow to and from the penis.

Once the underlying cause has been identified by your doctor he can advise the best course of treatment. This will usually involve a method of improving the blood supply to the penis and the capacity of the erectile tissues to contain it.

Drugs such as Viagra are well known treatments, but drugs are expensive and a lot of men do not like taking them because of the possible unpleasant side effects.

Another method widely used by urologists and which pre-dates Viagra, is to surround the penis in a partial vacuum. This draws blood into the penis, thereby aiding the body’s normal function. However, if the expansion of the Corpora Cavernosa and the Corpus Spongiosum still allows too much blood to flow back through the veins, then once the vacuum device is removed the erection can be lost. In such cases a constriction ring is used to help restrict the veins, so maintaining the equilibrium of blood flow and thereby sustaining the erection.

Though many Urologists consider vacuum treatment as amongst the safest, many sufferers are put off by vacuum devices. They are generally cumbersome to use, they fit tightly around the penis, can cause bulging of the penis and, in severe cases, distortion or bending of the penis. They are also supplied with a variety of constriction rings which can be difficult to get on, ride up the penis during erection, and can cause difficulty and pain when trying to remove them.

Air devices work by pumping air out of a tube which seals on the penis shaft and encloses that part of the penis above the seal. This creates a negative pressure inside the tube and the speed and level to which this tube is depressurised is critical; if it is decreased too quickly or by too much, this can cause the penis to bulge above the seal – rather like blowing up a long balloon. It can also cause bruising of the skin and even distortion of the penis.

It is little wonder then that such devices are not generally liked by a great many users. This despite the fact that, as with all vacuum methods, they do draw blood into the penis and they do gain an erection – of sorts – capable of penetrative sex.

For many men erectile difficulties are psychologically based and this can lead to malfunction of an otherwise perfectly functional penis.

When a man is preparing to take part in sex, the primary psychological mechanism that brings about the erection is the autonomic dilation of the arteries which feed the penis, thereby increasing the blood flow. Sexual arousal does this automatically. However, this autonomic dilation of the arteries can be blocked by the man’s state of mind. This can occur at the start of sexual activity, when he cannot obtain an erection, or it can occur at anytime during intercourse, resulting in the premature loss of erection.

The causes of these psychological blocks vary, but in many cases it is due to anxiety and stress. This inability to perform can then prey on the mind and make the situation worse.

Where can Vaxaid help in such cases?

Vaxaid can generate an erection and maintain it by use of a Vaxaid erection ring. Though there is no physical reason for the penis not to function it does provide a viable alternative in such cases. Also, the mere fact that a man knows he can resort to this method is often all he needs to be able to perform. It reduces the fear of failure factor to manageable levels..