Are you struggling with erectile dysfunction? Self injection therapy may be the answer you're looking for. Learn more about this treatment option and see if it could work for you.

Self Injection Therapy for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

It is estimated that about 30 million men in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED). While there are many potential causes of ED, it is often related to poor blood flow to the penis. Self-injection therapy is one treatment option for men with ED.

Self-injection therapy involves injecting a medication called alprostadil into the side of the penis. Alprostadil is a synthetic version of a naturally occurring substance called prostaglandin E.

Prostaglandin E is thought to work by relaxing smooth muscle tissue, which allows for increased blood flow to the penis. This increased blood flow can cause an erection.

Self-injection therapy is usually used as a last resort for treating ED. This is because it is not always effective and can cause serious side effects.

Side effects of self-injection therapy include:

  • pain at the injection site
  • priapism (an erection lasting longer than four hours)
  • fibrosis (scarring of the penis)
  • decreased sensation in the penis
  • urinary tract infections

If self-injection therapy is unsuccessful or not well tolerated, other treatment options for ED include:

  • oral medications
  • vacuum constriction devices
  • surgical interventions

Self-injection therapy is not for everyone. You should talk to your doctor about whether self-injection therapy is right for you.