If you have a penis, I can help you get an erection thanks to medical science. Penile injections have been in use for close to thirty years.

Some of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction (ED) are hypertension, diabetes mellitus, heart disease, smoking, alcohol, nerve problems from Multiple Sclerosis or injuries, spinal cord injury, pelvic and prostate surgery, and of course, anxiety. All of these situations can cause erection problems since the nerves are what tell the blood vessels in the penis to create an erection.

In 1983 at an annual meeting of the American Urological Association, a British maverick physiologist named Giles Brindley did some urologic theater during his lecture. Dr. Brindley began: Ladies and Gentleman, thank you for allowing me the opportunity to present to you my lecture today. Approximately 15 minutes ago I injected my right corpus cavernosum (the erectile chambers of the penis) with 30 mgs. of Papaverine (a medicine that dilates the blood vessels, in this case, in the penis). Then he stepped out from behind the podium, noted he had no feelings of sexual arousal, dropped his pants, and stood buck naked with a full erection. Then he walked up and down the aisle so his colleagues could get a better look and make sure that he wasn’t fooling them with a penile prosthesis. The era of penile injections had arrived.

Now there is finally a treatment other than surgery. Penile injections also gave researchers a way to study erections with a penis activated, without requiring patients to be aroused while they poked and prodded with medical equipment to determine what the source of the problem. Because of penile injections we have learned how erections work and how they fail.

Men cringe at the thought of putting a needle in their penis until they learn it is easy and almost completely painless to do. The needles are tiny and diabetics who give themselves Insulin say this injection is easier. The injection works in minutes, despite whether the stomach is full or empty.

Serious side effects are rare. Some men can end up with an erection that won’t go away if they take too much of the medication. This is called priapism which is an erection lasting more than four hours and is a medical emergency. It is treated with an injection of an opposite acting medication. But by taking the prescribed dose that the doctor determined is right for you, priapism will not happen. But if a man decides on his own to increase the dose – Houston, we have a problem!

If the injection is used more than twice a week and the man does not alternate sides where the medication is injected, scar tissue buildup can occur which will curve the penis with erection. This is called Peyronnie’s Disease. Some men experience a burning discomfort with one of the three medications that I prescribe. If this occurs, we just inject other medications which have no untoward side effects.

The goal is to have an erection that lasts approximately 45 minutes, allowing the man to please his partner even if he has experienced orgasm.