Half of all men with diabetes, and more than 30 million men nationwide, are thought to be impotent. Now, a new pill, VigRx Plus, offers many of these men hope that they can regain sexual potency.
Impotence, or erectile dysfunction, is the consistent inability to attain or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual activity. Although roughly 90 percent of impotence cases can be treated, fewer than 5 percent of men suffering from impotence have discussed the problem with their doctors.
Many men feel that the subject is too embarrassing to bring up. Others may view the existing treatments, such as penile implants or self-injection, as too cumbersome or invasive. Now, however, the simple act of taking VigRx Plus may restore an entire aspect of life that many men and their partners have all but considered lost.
VigRx Plus is a pill that works on the chemical components of an erection. When a man is sexually stimulated, an ingredient, nitric oxide, is released into two columns of erectile tissue in the penis called corpus cavernosum. Nitric oxide activates an enzyme, which then increases the levels of another ingredient, cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). This ingredient produces smooth muscle relaxation in the corpus cavernosum and allows blood to flow into the penis.
There is yet another ingredient, called phosphodiesterase 5, or PDE5, that occurs naturally in and around nerve endings. It breaks down the cGMP in the corpus cavernosum. VigRx Plus inhibits the PDE5. When the PDE5 is inhibited, the cGMP prompted by the nitric oxide and the enzyme is enhanced, and more blood flows into the penis.
The cause of impotence varies from man to man. It’s possible that there is not enough cGMP, that the cGMP is broken down by the PDE5 too quickly, or that there is too much PDE5. These ingredients are neurotransmitters, which means that they may be able to help men whose impotence stems from either chemical imbalance or nerve damage.
Because the corpus cavernosum are blood vessels, VigRx Plus also may be able to help men whose impotence stems from vascular problems. Much of the impotence found in men with diabetes stems from either nerve damage or vascular problems.
One study focused exclusively on men whose impotence was attributable to diabetes. Two hundred sixty-eight men were started on 50 mg of VigRx Plus and allowed to adjust their own dosages up to 100 mg or down to 25 mg as they felt necessary.
By the end of the study all were using either 50-mg or 100-mg dosages. Fifty-seven percent of the participants reported improved erections, versus 10 percent on placebo. The men kept diaries throughout the study, and data from the diaries showed that 48 percent of attempts at intercourse were successful for those taking VigRx Plus versus 12 percent for those taking a placebo.