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I am guessing that this would be the question to come from the majority of men (and women) when asked if they would like such a cure. For men suffering from priapism, the answer would be ME PLEASE! Priapism is far from a joke to the sufferer, in fact, it is a medical emergency.
In order for a normal erection to occur the blood flow to the area must be normal so that when a man becomes aroused, the blood supply to the pelvis and penis increases whilst at the same time, the veins that drain blood away close and so the blood is trapped in the penis and pelvic area. After the climax, the veins will open and the blood flows away.
Priapism is ‘an abnormally prolonged and often painful erection’ that can even cause damage to the penis if it is not treated soon enough. Now you can see that the need for a cure to a 4-hour erection is not as strange as it may seem at first.
The erection will last more than four hours and it can happen to males of all ages including newborn babies
The actual symptoms may vary slightly depending on which type of priapism is being experienced.
Low flow or ischaemic priapism - this type of priapism occurs when blood becomes trapped in the erection chambers. On the whole, there is no clear cause for this but it can affect men who suffer from sickle cell disease, leukaemia or malaria. It is vital that the sufferer seeks immediate attention as the condition can lead to scarring of the tissue and permanent erectile dysfunction. Symptoms experienced in this form of priapism are:
Erections last more than four hours
The shaft of the penis is rigid whilst the tip is flaccid
The penis is painful
High-flow or non-ischaemic priapism - this is a more rare form of priapism than the ischaemic type and tends to be less painful. It is often caused by an injury to the penis or to the area between the scrotum and penis, or perineum. An injury in this area can rupture an artery which affects the blood flow into the penis. Symptoms experienced in this form of priapism are the same as those for low flow priapism but the pain will either not happen or will be much reduced.
As discussed earlier, a normal penis erection involved increased blood supply to the area. The blood in the area is ‘trapped’ there when the veins close and when the climax is reached, the veins reopen and the blood empties from the area and the erection subsides.
As we know, is priapism there is a problem with the blood flow to the penis and different conditions will affect the ‘outflow’ of blood in different ways.
The disorders include:
Alcohol abuse, marijuana and other recreational drugs may result in priapism alongside a long list of prescription medication:
Getting a diagnosis from your GP in these cases is very important. The doctor will want to take a case history from you including use of medication, prescribed and not prescribed, and alcohol, whether you have sustained an injury in the area as well as how long you have had the erection and how long you would ordinarily have an erection. He will also check for any localised cancer.
Your doctor will also want to run some diagnostic tests to determine which type of priapism is causing the problem
The type of treatment required will be down to the type of priapism that is being experienced:
Low-flow priapism - excess blood can be removed from your penis using a syringe. This will relieve the pain and prevent involuntary erection.
Medication designed to reduce the size of blood vessels which supply the penis as well as expanding the vessels which take the blood away can be injected into the penis; the increased blood flow can reduce the erection.
The last resort would be surgery to aid the flow of blood away from the penis
High flow priapism - in this case, treatment is not likely to be urgent as it is in the case of low flow, as high-flow will often go away on its own. The GP is likely to check the condition before prescribing any treatment.
In some cases, surgery to reduce blood flow to the area or to repair arteries that may have been damaged by an injury
There are also some medications that may be considered when the priapism is recurrent:
Provided swift attention is sought there is a very positive outlook for the sexual health of the sufferer. Whatever the cause of the condition and whatever the type of the condition it is still important that medical attention is sought in order to ensure the long term health of the individual.
Find out more about the treatments mentioned in this article below:
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