Ibd Sufferers: You Can End the Struggle

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Ibd Sufferers: You Can End the Struggle

I was diagnosed with ulcerative colitis eight years ago, and I was told that I would likely struggle with flare-ups for the rest of my life. I heard stories of other sufferers who had to eventually have their colons removed, and I became determined to not become part of this statistic. I was prescribed a daily medication that helps manage my condition, and although I don't like taking pills, I realize I need it to keep my colon healthy. I still experienced flares, so I began an elimination diet recommended by my doctor and found my "trigger" foods. I have now been flare-free for two years! I created this blog to help remind others with IBD that there is hope. You can end the constant struggle if you work with your doctor to try different methods of controlling your disease.

3 Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction That Don't Involve Oral Medications

Erectile dysfunction does not only affect elderly men. In fact, this condition might affect more than 1 in 4 men under the age of 40. The most widespread and commonly known treatment is to take oral medications like Viagra or Cialis; however, not all men respond positively or are capable of taking oral treatments. Fortunately, there are many more treatments available. This article will look at three additional treatments that don't involve taking medications orally.

Self-Inject Yourself with Penile Injections

If you simply aren't interested in taking medications orally, one of the most quick-acting treatments is penile injections. Basically, you'll inject the medicine to the base of your penis approximately 5 to 10 minutes before you plan on participating in any sexual activity. The process is relatively painless, and the technique used is simple. Penile injections have an 85% success rate, making them very popular among men suffering with erectile dysfunction.

Try the Medicated Urethral System for Erections

If the thought of injecting the medication to the base of your penis scares you, try the medicated urethral system for erections, otherwise known as MUSE. This system basically involves inserting a dissoluble pellet directly into your urethra, or the opening of the penis. The process is relatively painless, and an erection will be triggered within 10 minutes. Each MUSE applicator is good for a single-use application only.  

Use a Vacuum Pump 

In the event that you are not interested in using any type of medication at all to treat your condition, you can always consider the option of using a vacuum pump. The pump is basically attached to the end of the penis, and is used to force blood to flow into the penis, which will basically cause you to have an erection. A vacuum pump has a much lower success rate at only 50% to 80%; however, it is quite effective for those with diabetes or for those who are struggling with psychological issues like anxiety or depression.


Don't let your sex life suffer just because you struggle with erectile dysfunction. There are many different types of treatment options that are out there for you even if oral medications don't seem to be effective. Doctors like those at Advanced Urology Associates can answer any questions you have about the above treatments and more. Speak to your doctor and try out different treatment recommendations in order to determine what works best for you.