Since the early 1980s, intracavernous pharmacotherapy (ICP) has been prescribed by physicians as the most effective and fast-acting treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE). It has a proven track record for being the most reliable way for men to achieve rigid and lasting erections. It is also especially helpful for men taking nitrates for chest pain who are unable to take erectile dysfunction pills.
Who Shouldn’t have Intracavernous Pharmacotherapy (ICP)?
Almost all men can use ICP for erectile dysfunction since it’s locally applied and doesn’t counteract with other medications. For safety purposes with all medications, you should consult a physician to evaluate if ICP is the best treatment for you.
Does ICP Help Men with Premature Ejaculation (PE)?
Intracavernous pharmacotherapy helps men overcome premature ejaculation. In fact erections subside only after the medication wears off allowing men to remain erected even after ejaculation in order to continue satisfying their partners. ICP injection allows men to achieve sexual satisfaction after repeated successful sexual encounter. It also helps them feel confident and dissipates their anxiety during sexual intercourse. The reduction in anxiety can help men completely overcome premature ejaculation even without the help of ICP.
Why Not Just Take Erectile Dysfunction Pills?
For about 30% of men who reported suffering from erectile dysfunction, pills aren’t an option as an ED treatment because it counteracts with their medications. Intracavernous pharmacotherapy has no counter actions and is locally applied so men can have it even under medication. According to the World Journal of Urology, ICP treatment is effective no matter what the cause of a particular patient’s ED, “erections were achieved in 97.2% of patients with neurogenic impotence [Erectile dysfunction caused by nerve problems], 81.6% of those with vascular impotence [blood flow-related] and 100% of patients with psychogenic [psychological ED] and hormonal impotence.”
Another reason why ICP is a popular alternative to pills is that it’s fast-acting. ED pills can take up to 30 minutes to produce an erection whereas ICP injections can have men ready for sex in as fast as 5 minutes. It allows for people to be spontaneous with their sexual encounters instead of waiting for the medication to take effect. Indeed, intracavernous pharmacotherapy is the key treatment for erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.
ICP has been the gold standard in treating hard to help ED cases for many years. New treatment options (like Shockwave Therapy and PRP administered in conjunction) are also showing promising results so you should always consult with an Urologist or ED specialists for your personal condition.
This annual holiday is celebrated on February 14th and originated as a feast day honoring the saint Valentinus who was said to have been imprisoned for performing forbidden weddings and ministering to Christians (the Romans tended to persecute these people).
The date has since become synonymous with romantic love and further commercialized in western societies as a top ‘date night’ or time to show your commitment to your special partner; however, for too many men with ED this can be a stressful date to plan for. Dinner, flowers and loving attention can go very far to proving ones adoration for their mate, but if a level of intimacy is not eventually consummated then the days after can become even more stressful.
It’s said the first real association of Valentine’s Day with romantic love was in the 1382’s Parlement of Faoules by Geoffrey Chaucer, where he wrote:
For this was on seynt Volantynys day
Whan euery bryd comyth there to chese his make.
[“For this was on St. Valentine’s Day, when every bird cometh there to choose his mate.”]
Researchers have also determined that the volume of oral ED medications prescribed is higher than usual the week before Valentine’s Day (from 4% to 15% higher)*. Not surprisingly all the expectations for men to perform can even exasperate the issue. When the dysfunction is physical and not mental, and when the pill option turns out to be a non-solution then men need alternatives. Intracavernous Pharmacotherapy (ICP) is a leading treatment option.
ICP is considered a very effective but often under-utilized treatment for ED, it involves an injection of a combination of FDA-approved vasodilators into the spongy tissue of the penis, using an auto-applicator. This combination causes an expansion of the penile arteries and penile tissues, resulting in increased blood flow to the penis. An erection typically develops within minutes and clinical studies show a 98% success rate in treating ED.
The severity of the condition will ultimately dictate which treatment modality is needed. Many men can get the performance they need with just orals, sublinguals or other types of treatments. BMG is also very encouraged by new techniques using non-invasive extracorporeal soundwave therapy; this, when paired with PRP and/or stem cells, has shown indications of promoting long term healing and actual rehabilitation of erectile tissue.
A little preparation before this big day can lead to less stress, better performance and a much happier partner.
Thou art my love and I am thine;
I drew thee to my Valentine:
The lot was cast and then I drew,
And Fortune said it shou’d be you
– Gammer Gurton’s Garland (1784)
Prostate cancer is a serious health problem that kills around 25,000 men a year in the United States alone. Although this disease can be deadly, prostate cancer generally doesn’t affect male sexual function, but the treatments can. Benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) is an enlargement of the prostate and is the leading cause of incontinence and prostatitis impotence in men over the age of 50.
Some treatments for prostate cancer and other prostate and ED problems have sexual side effects. The prostate itself doesn’t work to help men achieve erections. It simply produces an alkaline fluid that comprises over 50% of the seminal volume.
How Prostate Cancer Treatments Affect Erectile Function?
Prostate problems and impotence affect men’s ability to sustain a satisfactory erection. Erectile dysfunction often occurs as a result of nerve damage and poor blood flow to the penis. There are bundles of penile nerves that help create engorgement of the penis, causing satisfactory erections.
Nearly all men will experience some erectile dysfunction for the first few months after prostate cancer treatment. The severity varies on factors like contributing disorders, surgeons skill, and whether radiation therapy was used.
In some cases, penile nerves are damaged during radical prostatectomy. As a result, it can severely affect sexual function and may lead to erectile dysfunction and impotence.
For the most part, retrograde ejaculation is the most common problem after prostate treatment. This condition occurs due to false entry of semen into the bladder instead of the penis.
Here are several treatments that can result in prostate and ED problems:
This is a surgical removal of the prostate and the seminal vesicles from the body. The goal of the surgery is to help the patient regain urinary control and clear the pathway for the urethra. However, this procedure can cause serious prostate problems and erectile dysfunction.
Radical prostatectomy often results in sudden impotence for the patient. There is 20% of post-radical prostatectomy patients regain erectile function over time. Although, only 10% of men reported complete recovery of sexual function after surgery than those who did not.
For those who suffer from erectile dysfunction, some begin to experience erections after four weeks while other patients took four years to recover.
Radiotherapy uses high-energy rays or particles to kill cancer cells. Radiation is seldom used as the initial treatment for low-grade cancer within the prostate gland and its nearby tissues.
About 70% of men undergoing radiotherapy for prostate cancer end up becoming impotent. Experts believe that it is due to the progressive damage of the nerves and small blood vessels near the prostate gland.
Erectile Dysfunction Treatments
Not all men who undergo nerve-sparing prostatectomy or other radiation therapy have reported successfully achieving erections after using the common ED pills. Additionally, some oral ED medications can have serious side effects, especially men taking medications with nitrates.
If oral erectile dysfunction drugs fail or can’t be used by the patient, injections (ICP) into the penis can be an effective form of treatment for men who have either undergone surgery or who have received radiation therapy (seed implants or external beam) for prostate cancer. Studies conclude that overall, up to 80% of men will regain erections with the use of these injection treatments.
There are several other ED treatments available in the market. This includes shockwave therapy, vacuum suction devices and hormonal replacements.
Therefore, it’s best to consult a physician before undergoing treatments for prostate and ED problems.