Are you struggling with erectile dysfunction and searching for a treatment? Maybe your affliction is new, so you’re drawn to something quick and easy like pills. Or maybe you’ve tried that already and are considering more intense, more drastic measures.

Fortunately, there are many options available to you when dealing with erectile dysfunction (ED). But are the risks worth the reward? Let’s examine the side effects of pills, injections, and pumps to help you in your decision.


Painless to take, pills are commonly viewed as the easiest and ideal option for treating ED. However, it’s not something you should do on a whim. As with any medication, ED pills come with a host of side effects, the severity of which varies from man to man. Among the most commonly reported side effects are the following:

  • Headaches
  • Body aches and pains
  • Digestive system problems
  • Dizziness
  • Flushes
  • Congestion and runny nose

In rare cases, ED pills have evoked extreme reactions in men, including priapism (i.e., an erection lasting longer than four hours), hearing loss, and vision loss. 

All that’s not to say that pills are inherently bad. Since their introduction, ED medications have helped to not only heal hundreds of thousands of men but also to decrease the stigma associated with ED. However, it’s important to understand that they are not a coverall solution to ED.


When pills don’t have the desired effect, many men turn to penile injection therapy. This method is self-administered and involves using a syringe to inject medicine directly into the penis to induce a spontaneous erection. While effective, the method is, by nature, painful. It also runs the risk of complications when performed improperly:

  • Infection
  • Injury to the nerves, arteries, or veins
  • Bruising
  • Swelling
  • Discomfort in the head of the penis
  • Scarring
  • Priapism


Also called vacuum pumps or vacuum erection devices, penis pumps are placed around the penis. The pump creates a vacuum, drawing blood into the penis, and a rubber constriction ring placed around the root of the penis keeps the blood in place, maintaining the erection. While effective, this method is not without side effects:

  • Petechiae (red dots caused by bleeding under the surface of the skin)
  • Numbness
  • Pain or bruising
  • Feelings of trapped semen

Pumps carry an increased risk for those taking blood-thinning medications or who suffer from a blood disorder like sickle cell anemia.


Typically used as a last-resort treatment, some devices can be surgically implanted to assist with erections. As such, they require a lengthy recovery time, besides running the following risks:

  • Infection
  • Malfunction (leading to further surgery) 
  • Internal erosion/adhesion

Fortunately, there are many options today when treating erectile dysfunction. But not all ways are equal, and most—like pills, injections, and pumps, and even implants—come with side effects that can easily outweigh the benefits. That’s why it’s important to explore your options and understand the risks before committing yourself.

At Metro Men’s Health, we use an innovative treatment called Linear Piezo Energy Protocol (LPE) to treat men across the spectrum of intimacy issues. It’s painless, requires no downtime, and comes with no risk of infection. If you have been struggling to conquer ED and are ready for a healthier, happier you, reach out to us today. We’re ready to help.

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