Men's Health Services

Erectile Dysfunction

At Zest Clinic, we specialize in addressing and managing erectile dysfunction (ED) with confidentiality and compassion. Our
healthcare professionals work closely with every patient to provide individualized treatment plans, designed to restore your
confidence and improve your sexual health.

Understanding Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction is a common sexual health problem where a man struggles to get or maintain an erection firm enough for sexual
intercourse. This condition can be caused by numerous factors, including physical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes,
obesity, and psychological factors like stress, anxiety, and depression.

Medical Management of Erectile Dysfunction

We provide a variety of treatment options, all designed to help you regain your sexual health:

  • Phosphodiesterase Type 5 (PDE5) Inhibitors: Erectile dysfunction can be treated using various approaches, such as medical, surgical, or mechanical methods. Medical treatments include the use of phosphodiesterase type 5 (PDE5) inhibitors, such as Sildenafil (Viagra®), Vardenafil (Levitra®), Tadalafil (Cialis®), Avanafil (Stendra®:US / Spedra®:EU), Udenafil (Zydena®), and Alprostadil, which can be administered via injection or urethral suppository (MUSE®).They work by relaxing smooth muscles in the penis and enhancing blood flow.

  • Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy (ESWT): This non-invasive procedure uses low-intensity shockwaves to stimulate the growth of new blood vessels in the penis, improving blood flow and erectile function.

  • Penile Injections: Medication is directly injected into the penis, causing it to become erect. This method can be effective when oral medications are not beneficial.

  • P-shots (Priapus Shot): This is an innovative treatment using Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) to stimulate healing and rejuvenation. The P-shot can enhance erections and improve overall sexual performance.

  • Penis Vacumn Devices: Penis vacuum devices, also known as vacuum erection devices (VEDs), are non-invasive devices designed to help men with erectile dysfunction (ED) achieve and maintain an erection. They consist of a plastic cylinder that is placed over the penis, creating a vacuum seal. When air is pumped out of the cylinder, it creates negative pressure, drawing blood into the penis, resulting in an erection. A constriction ring is then placed at the base of the penis to maintain the erection. VEDs are considered a safe and effective option for men who cannot use or do not wish to use medication or other treatments for ED. However, it is important to consult a healthcare professional before using any treatment for ED.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common causes of Erectile Dysfunction?

Common causes of ED include heart disease, diabetes, obesity, certain prescription medications, low testosterone levels and
psychological issues like stress, anxiety and depression.
Other contributing causes may include Prostate health issues and sleep issues.

Is Erectile Dysfunction a normal part of aging?

While the risk of ED does increase with age, it is not an inevitable part of growing older. Many men continue to enjoy a healthy sexual
life into their 80s and 90s.

Can I prevent Erectile Dysfunction?

Yes, by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including regular exercise, a balanced diet, limited alcohol consumption, and no smoking, you
can reduce the risk of ED.

Is ED treatment covered by insurance?

Coverage varies based on your insurance provider and plan. We recommend contacting your insurance provider for specific
information about coverage.

Are there any potential side effects or risks associated with using penis vacuum devices?

While penis vacuum devices are generally considered safe and effective for treating erectile dysfunction (ED), there are a few potential side effects and risks to be aware of. These can include:

  1. Bruising or petechiae: The vacuum pressure used in these devices can cause small blood vessels to rupture, resulting in bruising or tiny red spots on the penis.

  2. Numbness or coldness: Prolonged use of the vacuum device can lead to temporary numbness or a cold sensation in the penis.

  3. Discomfort or pain: Some men may experience discomfort or pain during or after using the device, particularly if the constriction ring is too tight or left on for too long.

  4. Skin irritation: The use of the device can cause skin irritation or redness on the penis.

  5. Risk of injury: Improper use or excessive pressure may cause injury to the penis, such as penile fracture or damage to blood vessels or nerves.

It is crucial to follow the instructions provided with the device and consult a healthcare professional before using a penis vacuum device to ensure proper usage and minimize the risk of potential side effects or complications.

Can penis vacuum devices be used alongside other treatments for erectile dysfunction?

Yes, penis vacuum devices can be used in conjunction with other treatments for erectile dysfunction (ED). In fact, they are often recommended as a complementary therapy to medications, lifestyle changes, or other ED treatments.

Combining a penis vacuum device with oral medications like Viagra or Cialis can enhance the effectiveness of both treatments, as they work through different mechanisms to promote and maintain an erection. By using a vacuum device before taking medication, blood flow to the penis can be increased, making the medication more effective.

How long should a penis vacuum device be used to achieve desired results?

Typically, the recommended duration for using a penis vacuum device is around 5-10 minutes. This time frame allows for the creation of a vacuum, drawing blood into the penis to achieve an erection. After achieving an erection, a constriction ring is placed at the base of the penis to maintain it. The constriction ring should not be left in place for longer than 30 minutes to prevent potential complications.

At Zest Clinic, we are committed to providing comprehensive, compassionate, and confidential care to our patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment and start your journey to improved sexual health.