Arteriosclerosis and Erectile Dysfunction

As a kid, I prided myself on never getting sick. My teachers loved me for having perfect attendance, and, as kids and teens often think, I felt as though I was invincible. This carried over into adulthood, as I spent nearly every waking moment at my law firm buried in case files, taking only the occasional break. I could not be bothered to cook for myself; most of my meals consisted of fast food and whatever could be delivered to the office. For years, I brushed off my doctors’ concerns regarding my high blood pressure and cholesterol levels, thinking that was just something minor that everyone dealt with. However, my world came crashing down when a doctor told me I’ve developed atherosclerosis. Such a condition on its own can make one uneasy, but because I was finally set to get married in little under a year, I was even more nervous.

A form of arteriosclerosis (though the two terms are sometimes used interchangeably), atherosclerosis is characterized by a buildup of fat, cholesterol, and other substances in the blood vessels carrying oxygen and nutrients from the heart to the rest of the body (known as arteries). This buildup ultimately clogs the blood vessels and restricts the body’s total flow of blood (including to the penis).

Desperate, I asked my doctor what could be done. He prescribed me some medication, hydrochlorothiazide and clonidine, to help lower blood pressure and instructed me on a proper diet and exercise plan. After six months of busting my butt, the doctor was pleased with my overall improvement, but I was not. Despite all the changes I had made, my performance in the bedroom declined dramatically. Erections became non-existent; I couldn’t take something like Viagra because of  my existing medications I was taking.

During my next check-up, I mentioned the erectile dysfunction to my doctor. ED is experienced by many men who take blood pressure medication, especially the two I was taking. He knows I’m not a patient person, so he recommended me vacuum therapy. I was a little freaked out by the idea of a penis pump, but I didn’t really have a choice unless I wanted a sexless honeymoon!

My nervousness faded away after the first session with the pump. You simply slide the tube over the penis, activate the pump, and secure the tension ring. The suction-like effect of the negative pressure created by the pump draws blood into the penis while the tension ring makes sure it stays (for up 30 minutes or so). I couldn’t help but marvel at the consistently strong erections I was getting, and my fiancée certainly noticed as well. Now, instead of having to plan around my erectile dysfunction, we can look forward to a vibrant sex life!

 

-Sam S.

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