Top Three Alternatives to Oral ED Medications

ED Medications - alternatives to Viagra

There are many alternatives to ED Medications to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), here are three of the best.

The ways we have found to treat erectile dysfunction have evolved greatly over the past 20 years. Before the introduction of drugs such as Viagra, which are known as phosphodiesterase inhibitors (PDE5i), we were able to offer patients one of only two definitive treatments for ED: penile implants or surgical penile revascularization.

The introduction of the PDE5 inhibitors introduced a new era of non-invasive treatments for erectile dysfunction. We now have five oral ED medications available: the early introductions – Viagra, Cialis, Levitra – and newer ones, Stendra, Staxyn. While these drugs can be very effective, we know they are not indicated for all men suffering from ED.

There are also many men who prefer not to use drugs, or have had some undesirable side-effects with oral ED drugs. This has led to the development of several alternative treatments for ED.

The Top Alternatives to ED Medications

There are a few major problems with Viagra and the other oral ED drugs. There are certain men who cannot take them at all, they produce a variety of side-effects, even in men that can take them, and most importantly, they do not treat the root cause of ED. This has prompted medical researchers to develop several safe and effective ED Treatments.

We are using three of the most effective of these in our practices: Platelet Rich Plasma (PRP), The GAINSWave™ and the Gains Enhancement®.

  • The GAINSWave™ – The GAINSWave is a kind of extracorporeal shock wave therapy also known as ESWT. The treatments are also sometimes referred to as Linear Shockwave Therapy, or LSWT, or simply “shockwave therapy.”
    • Shockwave therapy has been used for several years for the treatment of conditions ranging from orthopedics to urology. In the case of ED, the procedure uses either micro-bursts of mechanical energy or high-frequency acoustical waves to open and repair blood vessels in the penis that tend to build up with plaque, or otherwise become compromised over time.
    • When used to treat vascular related erectile dysfunction, the mechanism of action for the ESWT is induced angiogenesis and neovascularization in the corpora cavernosa and corpus spongiosum. The resulting improvement in blood flow, achieved by the creation of new blood vessels and the rejuvenation of existing vessels, increases the patient’s ability to obtain and sustain an erection.

The Gains Enhancement


The two-pronged attack of the Gains Enhancement on the root causes of ED, helps any man, and not just those with ED, to obtain stronger and more sustainable erections. The acoustical waves of the GAINSWave™ are practically painless. The GAINSWave uses shockwave therapy protocols for ED, specifically developed by HealthGAINS.

The GAINSWave™ and the PRP are what we call “synergistic,” meaning that each one enhances the effect of the other. When we combine the two therapies to create the Gains Enhancement, we deliver a “one-two punch,” that results in more sustainable erections and a more satisfying sex life!

All three procedures are offered at HormoneSynergy®.

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