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The Top 5 ED Treatments: A Comparison Of Viagra, Muse, PULSEWave, The P-Shot, & Implants

Posted by Dr. Kris Wusterhausen on February 26, 2019

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) happens. And, while ED becomes is most common as you age, it can also affect men as young as 20 years of age.

Considering the many causes for this disorder (including medications, health contributors, stress, fitness, to name a few), it’s important to know there are options available for just about every contributing factor. Living with ED can be challenging, but, with a little knowledge and research, it doesn’t have to be debilitating to your sex life.

Not all ED treatments are the same. To help you regain your confidence and reduce the symptoms of ED, we put together this comparison of the top five erectile dysfunction treatments. Using the information in this guide, you’ll be able to determine which treatment option might work best for you so you can maintain a healthy, satisfying sex life.

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1. Viagra

How it works: A trademark drug known for helping men get an erection by enhancing the erectile response, Viagra is a “when needed” treatment for men who suffer from ED. The drug is taken in anticipation of sexual activity, can achieve results in as little as an hour, and is out of the user’s system after 24 hours.

Side effects: Viagra's side effects are generally mild and short-lived. The most common side effects are headaches and facial flushing. Less frequently, men taking Viagra have reported indigestion, a stuffy nose, and a blue tint to the vision.

Ideal candidate: Viagra is recommended for men suffering from erectile dysfunction who do not have a heart condition. It is important to consult a doctor before taking Viagra if you do have a heart condition or are on any other medications.

Cost: Ranges from $11 to $18 per pill depending on pharmacy and insurance coverage.

Effectiveness: WebMD rates oral Viagra 3.5 out of 5 stars (70%) patient saticfaction for effectiveness.

2. Muse

How it works: This urethral suppository is used to treat ED. It works by helping blood flow into the penis to achieve and maintain an erection. Dosage is based on the severity of your ED condition. The medication works within 5 to 10 minutes and generally lasts anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.

Side effects: While many people who use this medication do not have serious side effects, there have been reports of pain in the penis, testicles, or groin; minor bleeding or spotting from the penis; dizziness; swelling, especially of leg veins; and rapid heartbeat.

Ideal candidate: Muse could be ideal for men suffering from erectile dysfunction who have consulted with their doctor regarding dosage.

Cost: Muse costs upwards of $63 per suppository, depending on pharmacy and insurance coverage.

Effectiveness: Muse has a patient satisfaction rating of 3.23 out of 5 stars (64.6%) in terms of effectiveness.

3. PulseWave

How it works:  As men age, the vessels in their penis weaken, contract and fill with micro-plaque, which can lead to Erectile Dysfunction. Using low-frequency soundwaves, PulseWave is designed to break apart the micro-plaques which can hinder proper blood flow to the penis. By decomposing plaques, PulseWave restores your energy and enhances your performance.

Side effects: Through the non-invasive, non-surgical application of gentle sound waves, blood flow is improved. The treatment reducing the symptoms of ED with long-lasting results and no downtime or side effects.

Ideal candidate: Men who are experiencing lower libido, stamina, and ability to get or maintain an erection will see an improvement. PulseWave can also be an effective alternative treatment to Viagra and other oral ED medications.

Cost: Depending on your goals, you may need anywhere from 6 to 12 treatments. Prices can vary but generally run anywhere between $400 and $500 per treatment.

Effectiveness: Studies have revealed a 76% satisfaction rating for PulseWave treatments.

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4. P-Shot

How it works: The P-Shot , a non-surgical approach to ED, involves the cutting-edge technique of injecting a patient’s own platelet-rich plasma (PRP) into precise areas of the penis. Boasting long-lasting and proven results, the P-Shot delivers growth factors and stem cells right where they’re needed most, resulting in a rejuvenated penis and greater endurance without the medications.

Side effects: Because the P-Shot uses your own platelet-rich plasma, there is little to no side-effects recorded with this procedure.

Ideal candidate: Men who are looking for better endurance, larger penis size, and increased sensation can all benefit from the P-Shot procedure.

Cost: The average cost of the P-Shot ranges $1500 to $1800 with long-lasting results.

Effectiveness: According to the P-Shot creators, the treatment has a satisfaction rate of around 85%.

5. Penile Implant

How it works: These malleable (bendable) or inflatable prostheses are surgical options for men who suffer from chronic erectile dysfunction. They are one of the most permanent and invasive treatment options on the market.

Side effects: Because these implants are surgically placed, there is generally a six-week recovery time before sexual activity can be resumed. The procedure generally takes about an hour and are done in an outpatient center.

Ideal candidates: Men who are unable to resolve or improve naturally or with other medical treatments. A clear medical cause for ED may be considered for a  penile implant.

Cost: On average, implants cost $16K to $19K depending on insurance coverage and co-payments.

Effectiveness: According to research, penile implants have a 15-year patient satisfaction rate of approximately 67%.

Know Your Options And Choose Wisely

There’s really no reason to allow self-doubt and low confidence to dictate your sex life. A happy, healthy, and active sexual relationship is achievable no matter your age, physical condition, or budget.

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If you’re suffering from ED and are ready to take the next step, call The Resurge Clinic to schedule a free consultation and get back to the sex life you deserve. We offer hormonal therapy, PulseWave, and the P-Shot to help you regain your confidence and enjoy intimacy again.

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Topics: Men’s Health, Sexual Health