The proven success of such methods in the treatment for erectile dysfunction is usually presented via advertising, mostly anecdotes from the endorsers themselves. There has been no known absolute scientific proof of these claims, but there are indeed various ways to help men enhance their penises.

These procedures range from exercises, stretching devices, medicinal remedies (both herbal and non-herbal) to temporarily enhance sexual pleasure with impotence, to more extreme measures such as permanent (yet sometimes risky) surgical procedures.

The most common symptom of erectile dysfunction is the inability to maintain a full erection, except during sleep. The most leading causes of an erectile dysfunction range from anti-depressants (SSRIs), smoking (nicotine), neurogenic disorders (e.g. Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, stroke), psychological disorders (e.g. performance anxiety, stress, depression, personality disorders), surgery that is likely to damage nerves and blood vessels that function in a male patient’s erectile state, and ageing.

Probably the most common treatment for erectile dysfunction is the blue and diamond-shaped pill called Viagra, mainly due to its attributions in popular culture, especially in film and literature.

Viagra (or sildenafil citrate) is a drug originally brought and tested by British scientists, who later marketed them to a leading pharmaceutical company, Pfizer.

It simply acts by regulating blood flow in the penis, aiding in the treatment for erectile dysfunction by allowing afflicted men to complete intercourse (sometimes even long after that).

It has been available in the market since 1998 and has also had its competitors in the pharmaceutical industry with brands such as Revatio, Cialis, and Levitra. Some of the notable side effects of Viagra include headache, dyspepsia, blurred vision, and even congestion of the nasal areas.

Of course, before taking this drug, patients are examined first for their heart rate mainly because it contributes to an increased risk in the cardiovascular attack. Some consumers have been known to resort to the recreational use of Viagra, particularly because of the notion that it is known to increase one’s libido and improve performance. However, there has been no known proof for this, and some users not requiring treatment for erectile dysfunction even report no notable difference in their virility and sex drive.

Other pharmacological treatments aside from pills include topical creams and injections. In Canada, the cream Vitaros uses alprostadil in combination with DDAIP and has been approved in the treatment for erectile dysfunction. Another form of treatment is injection therapy, wherein papaverine, phentolamine, and prostaglandin E1 are injected into( the penis to enhance sexual pleasure with impotence.

For some patients who are almost unresponsive to treatments from those as simple as aerobic exercises to more complex measures such as a pharmacological prescription, a penis pump may help them with their erectile problems and thus enhance sexual pleasure with impotence. An especially designed external vacuum pump with a compression ring fitted around the penis (although some pumps do not have one) to maintain one’s erection.

By applying negative pressure, more blood is pumped into the penis, therefore it serves as a preparatory method before sexual intercourse. Some penis pumps vibrate to serve as an aid to masturbation and also increase pleasure during intercourse. Some users have even attested to the increased size of the penis after frequent use of a penis pump.

There are also more drastic methods such as permanently implanting an inflatable apparatus in the penis via a surgical procedure. Such mechanical methods rely on basic principles of hydraulics, which can be reliable, but of course, quite risky. Other surgical procedures involve prosthetic implants, wherein artificial rods are inserted into the penis. Such a method is also as dangerous if not performed properly by a certified practitioner.

Of course, for those men who shun the use of chemically produced drugs, there is alternative medicine, although the FDA does not recommend using herbal remedies in the treatment for erectile dysfunction. There are popular products in the market these days that claim to naturally enhance sexual performance and increase virility in males.

However, some herbal drugs that claim to aid in the treatment for erectile dysfunction may also contain chemically synthesized compounds (sometimes called contaminants) that work just as well as prescription drugs. These herbal remedies can be applied or taken in the form of patches, ointments, and pills. Although there have been no known and approved therapeutic claims for such alternative aids, they are widely sold on the internet.

Aside from herbal remedies are more natural remedies that can be found in food. L-arginine is an amino acid in the body that makes nitric oxide, which causes smooth muscles around blood vessels to relax, thus dilating them and increasing blood flow, thereby a more sustained erection. This can readily be found in dairy, poultry, fish, and meat.

Propionyl-L-carnitine and acetyl-L-carnitine, when taken 2 grams each per day together with Viagra, are both also known to significantly enhance sexual pleasure with impotence, and considered to be more effective than when Viagra is taken alone. Gingko is an herb known to help in the treatment for erectile dysfunction, especially when impotence is caused by antidepressant medication.

This herb also helps relax the muscles and thus increase blood flow around the penis. Zinc is also known to help in curing erectile dysfunction, as depletion in zinc contents in the body is said to lead to ailments such as diabetes, kidney and liver malfunctions, as well other digestive disorders that contribute to erectile dysfunction.

There is also another herb called ashwagandha, which is sometimes referred to as Indian ginseng and is claimed to increase one’s stamina, energy, and sexual performance. Although no known proof is available for its effectiveness, this herb is still widely used and accepted by those who are suffering from and needing treatment for erectile dysfunction.

There is also another herb called Yohimbe, which is known to be abundant in West Africa and is said to stimulate blood flow to the penis and decrease intervals between ejaculations. However, it is also said to be dangerous even in small doses, because of its side effects like dizziness, nausea, hallucinations, and even paralysis due to severe drops in blood pressure. Some of the herbs previously mentioned may or not be readily available in the market, but are certainly worth researching thoroughly first before experimenting with them.

Apart from herbal remedies, there are other known (although not very common) ways in the treatment for erectile dysfunction to enhance sexual pleasure with impotence. Stretching involves the attachment of a device to the penis to extend (hence the name “extender”) and stretch the penis to a supposed length.

The method claims to increase the girth and length of the penis but can be quite dangerous because of the constant traction applied on the penis, causing the cells to divide by themselves thereby expanding the penis. Jelqing is another method that involves the exercising or “milking” the penis in hopes of permanently reaching its full erect level.

The method consists of wrapping the thumb and index finger around it and “stretching” it away from the body in a repeated manner, thereby increasing vascularity in the organ as well as the surrounding tissues. Clamping is another technique that is thought to work well in the treatment for erectile dysfunction.

Of course, as with other methods, the goal of this one is to permanently increase the size of the penis. For clamping, however, constricting the penis by securing a clamp, string, cable, or ring, firmly on its base during masturbation is the method used. This can be very dangerous since it can cause permanent damage to the penis due to the loss of blood flow in case the foreign object becomes difficult or impossible to remove.

Emergency interference by a medical practitioner is strictly recommended in this case, but since time is of the essence in such dire situations, one better not risk using such methods if no emergency clinic, hospital, or health center is nearby. Hanging is also one of the methods used in the treatment for erectile dysfunction and involves attaching a rope, string, or strap that will grip the glans of the penis and allow a heavy device to be suspended to it.

The weight is increased periodically so long as the penis can support it (i.e. a 1/16 pound weight is attached to the penis for no more than 5 to 10 minutes, increasing it to 1/4 pound and so forth). This method can also cause serious damage such as chronic pain, scars, damage to the nerve endings, and ironically, impotence.

These are only some of the most common methods used in the treatment of erectile dysfunction. There are still some cures and procedures waiting to be explored. But, whether natural, mechanical, or chemical, the nature of the treatment for erectile dysfunction still needs to be carefully scrutinized before any form of experimentation or self-medication is attempted by anyone.

Of course, to ensure that the appropriate treatment is chosen for one’s needs, it is always best to consult an expert or certified practitioner to prevent being caught in risky and dangerous situations in selecting the wrong treatment for erectile dysfunction.