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3 Better Options than the Little Blue Pill

The little blue pill recently turned 20 years old. Since it’s initial launch in March of 1998, Viagra has generated over $17 billion worth of revenue and become a social and cultural phenomenon.

But things have changed since 1998. People don’t use dial-up to access the internet, bucket hats aren’t cool, and pills are no longer the best option on the market if you suffer from ED.

If you’re considering treatment for erectile dysfunction, here’s three approaches that have kept up with the times and may be more effective than popping a pill.


WAVE therapy

WAVE therapy involves sending gentle, low-energy acoustic wave pulses in to the penis to increase blood flow. It’s an outpatient treatment that involves zero sedation, medication, or invasive surgery. The process is designed to “wake up” stem cells and other growth factors in the penis. It creates new blood vessels from existing ones and revitalizes tissue, increasing blood-flow and leading to strong and sustainable erections.

Since the waves used are a very low-frequency, the procedure is painless and carries no risks or side effects. We have patients who have seen improvement in erectile function with a single treatment!

Priapus shot

The Priapus shot, or P-shot, is an all-natural, platelet-rich plasma shot that stimulates natural growth of the penis (both girth and length), and heightens sensation. While the treatment can alleviate some symptoms of erectile dysfunction, it’s not just for those afflicted by ED. The P-shot can help men who have been afflicted by prostate cancer, diabetes, Peyronie’s Disease (curving of the penis), or even men who just want to increase size and amplify sexual sensation.

The P-shot has a simple application process, no negative side effects, and is administered by the physicians at Pinnacle Men’s Health of Pittsburgh.

Testosterone replacement therapy

As time goes on, many men will naturally experience a decrease in their testosterone levels. Low testosterone, or low-T, can cause a loss of libido, decreased energy, and erectile dysfunction. Customized treatment plans can be created for specific individuals depending on their testosterone levels and symptoms.

In most cases, testosterone replacement therapy has been able to counteract the effects of decreased testosterone and improve sexual performance in men while also improving muscle tone and energy levels. Many patients also report an improved overall outlook on life.

You don’t have to plan your sex life around the time schedule that pills dictates. Any of these treatments can create a more permanent solution — not just a band-aid — for ED. Talk to our doctor if you’re serious about a finding a long-lasting resolution.

Exercise Tips that Help Increase Testosterone in Men

After around the age of 40, men will typically begin to experience a natural decline in testosterone and erectile function, commonly known as Andropause. While it is a natural part of aging, there is a way to improve sexual health, regardless of your age. Pinnacle Men’s Health is here to highlight some exercise tips that are known to increase testosterone levels in some men with low testosterone (low-t).

Short, intense workouts – Studies have found that men who incorporate strength training into their workout regime experience less low-t symptoms. When creating a weight training routine, try performing less repetitions and slightly more weight.

Reduce long-distance running – In a comparison between long-distance runners and people who were less active, a study also found that a majority of the runners had increased cortisol levels (associated with stress) and low-t symptoms.

Rest up – Working out too much is dangerous for anyone, so do not forget to let your body and mind rest between workout days. Allowing yourself to enjoy some recovery time can drastically help with emotional complications, like mood swings, caused by low-t.

Find out if testosterone replacement therapy in Florida is right for you. Schedule your first appointment at Pinnacle Men’s Health in Jacksonville, FL for a confidential consultation that includes a testosterone assessment.

Mental Health Exercises for Men with Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can sometimes run deeper than just a man’s physiology. From anxiety to stress, there are many psychological issues that can cause ED symptoms among men. While some men can benefit from medication to combat mental health issues, there are also some men who might benefit from some of the following simple mental health exercises:

  • Keep a personal journal. If you find it difficult to share and discuss your feelings, try writing in a journal daily. This can help you keep track of your mood, and daily experiences, and might help to you identify lifestyle changes that need to be made to improve your mental health.
  • Set short-term goals and remember to reward yourself. Stress and anxiety can deplete motivation so greatly that long-term goals can sometimes seem unattainable. Write down a list of short-term goals that lead to the accomplishment of a big long-term goal. For example, if you want to become an overall healthier person, try achieving smaller goals in weekly increments like going to the gym for 3 days or preparing healthier meals for some nights.
  • Find a new hobby or creative outlet. Whether it is playing guitar or cooking, studies have shown that engaging the creative part of your brain can significantly reduce stress and improve overall wellbeing.

A lot of men overlook the severe impact that mental health can have on sexual health. Pinnacle Men’s Health in Jacksonville provides all-inclusive consultations to help treat erectile function. Contact Pinnacle Clinic Pinnacle Men’s Health for men’s sexual health services in the Jacksonville area.

Signs You Should Test Your Testosterone Levels

After the age of 30, some men experience a drop in sexual driveMan giving thumbs up and difficulty with erectile function. While some erectile dysfunction (ED) symptoms are caused by psychological factors, there is a biological factor that men often forget to get tested: testosterone levels. Learn to recognize these common signs that your testosterone levels should be tested.

Drop in Sexual Drive – The most common symptom of low testosterone (low-t) is a drop in sexual drive and libido. While this drop can be caused by psychological symptoms like stress and anxiety, low-t is a potential cause of impotence. If nighttime erections begin to wane, it’s time to test your testosterone levels.

Physical Symptoms – A drop in testosterone levels can sometimes cause obvious physical symptoms like enlarged breasts or hair loss. One of the most common early signs that some men notice is that they do not need to shave as often as before.

Andropause – At the age of 40, some men begin experiencing a male form of menopause called andropause. Men will typically experience menopause-like symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. This is a time when hormone levels begin to drop due to age. It’s important to test testosterone levels after this age to make sure your hormone levels are decreasing at a normal rate.

Testosterone replacement therapy is one of the best ways to boost testosterone. Discover a new way to restore erectile function at Pinnacle Men’s Health in Jacksonville.

Five Ways to Win Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching, and for many it’s a wonderful time of romance and love. Unfortunately for others, it can be a poignant reminder of certain performance-related difficulties. Flowers and chocolates are great gifts that every woman loves, but wouldn’t it be nice to take things one step further, just like you used to? Well, believe it or not, you can. Here are five proven solutions to help make 2018 the best Valentine’s Day you’ve had in ages.

  1. We’re all familiar with the little blue pill. And for a lot of guys, it works great – for a while. What’s not often mentioned however, is the fact that ED pills often lose their efficacy over time, or sometimes aren’t effective at all! For cases such as these, we have a range of customized ED treatment plans with proven results.

LINK: http://wwwpinnaclemenshealthjacksonville.com/what-we-treat/erectile-dysfunction/

2. Maybe drugs aren’t right for you because of certain medical conditions, or you simply prefer treatments that take a more natural route. Wouldn’t it be great if you could treat ED with long-lasting results, using your body’s own natural capabilities? WAVE Therapy is the answer you’ve been searching for.

LINK: https://www.pinnaclemenshealthjacksonville.com/what-we-treat/wave-therapy/

3. Maybe you’re looking for a bit ‘more’? After all, they do say ‘go big or go home’. Despite years of late-night infomercials perhaps convincing you otherwise, there is a way to boost your size – naturally! It’s called the Priapus Shot ®, and has no negative side effects.

LINK: https://www.pinnaclemenshealthjacksonville.com/what-we-treat/priapus-shot/

4. Instead of performance issues in the moment, perhaps you feel a general malaise, or that you have less energy and drive than you used to. This could be a sign of low testosterone – something that happens to men naturally as they age, and is totally treatable!

LINK: https://www.pinnaclemenshealthjacksonville.com/what-we-treat/low-testosterone/

5. Finally, if you are happy with your sexual performance and overall mood, then a box of chocolates and bouquet of roses are never a bad idea on Valentine’s Day! Changes in sexual health are often driven by broader underlying health issues such as heart disease or diabetes. More information is available here.

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When Erectile Dysfunction Affects Your Marriage

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can cause a tremendous Couple embracing each otheramount of strain for both partners in a relationship. Both people can feel insecure, angry, and stressed from a loss of sexual intimacy. Discover a new way to restore erectile function by renewing the bond between you and your partner.

  • Find a way to rekindle intimacy in the relationship. This doesn’t always mean sexual intimacy! Rebuild your friendship by praying together, finding a new hobby, or having a conversation about sparking a deeper and more intimate relationship with each other.
  • Create a health plan. When partners create plans together, they are more likely to fulfill health goals. Drinking less alcohol, quitting nicotine use, and losing weight can sometimes help restore erectile function in men.
  • Have a conversation and do not rush things. Have an honest conversation with your partner about ED and mental health. ED can often stem from psychological factors including anxiety and stress. Read our post about talking to your partner about ED.
  • Find an ED doctor or treatment center. ED isn’t the end of the world, but it can sometimes cause strains in a marriage. Find a treatment center near you and identify the best treatment for restoring erectile function.

Open and honest communication is the key to navigating a relationship while struggling with ED. Pinnacle Men’s Health in Jacksonville offers many clinic services to help reduce ED symptoms and improve overall male sexual health. Schedule an appointment for an all-inclusive consultation at (904) 584-3925.

Men’s Health FAQs: Do Men Go Through Menopause?

stethoscope for health checkupAt Pinnacle Men’s Health, we get a lot of questions from our patients about men’s sexual health. Asking questions is one of the first steps in taking control of your health and well-being, and we take pride in being a resource for men seeking answers. You shouldn’t feel intimidated, embarrassed, or unprepared; we can help as we specialize specifically in men’s health and provide all of our patients with the tools and knowledge they need to make smart decisions about treatments designed to restore the ability to perform.

One common question is, “Do men experience the same form of menopause that women do?”

The answer is that both men and women undergo changes in their hormone levels at various stages of life. As we age, our bodies adjust to our environments, our lifestyles, and other factors that influence our overall health. When it comes to the question of menopause, no, men do not experience menopause the same way a woman does.

Men typically experience testosterone level changes much more gradually than women typically experience their natural hormonal change. Doctors refer to this change in men as andropause. After age 30, a man’s testosterone levels may begin to decline with a more pronounced change after age 40 and again after age 70. Throughout this time, however, men remain fertile as the testes do not lose their ability to produce sperm effectively. Healthy men can produce sperm into their 80’s, while women who have gone through menopause lose their fertility.

As a man’s testosterone level declines with age, he may also experience symptoms that are much different than those found in women during menopause. Men with low testosterone (low-T) typically see a decline in mood and energy levels, erectile dysfunction (ED), decreased libido, and other sexual performance issues. They may also experience loss of muscle mass, sleep disturbances, and changes in body or facial hair.

Effects like these can negatively impact a man’s relationships, sexual performance, and overall sense of well-being. When men experience low testosterone levels, they can take action to improve their vitality. Seeking ED treatment through testosterone replacement or WAVE therapy are options, as are changes in lifestyle. The best approach for men seeking to address ED or low-T is to consult with a trusted men’s sexual health care practice.

Every man is different in the way he experiences the natural testosterone declines that accompany aging, but the good news is that there are a variety of therapies to ensure fertility, vigor, and strong sexual performance, even in andropause. Contact us to learn more through PinnacleMensHealthJacksonville.com.

How Testosterone Replacement Therapy Improves Daily Life

testosterone impact on lifestyleAs you age, you expect some changes to your body and lifestyle. Perhaps, you take more care with your diet or have prioritized staying active. As you age, you become more aware of your body’s range of movement, how it feels, and how it performs. You adapt to what happens naturally. But have you considered how changes in your testosterone level may affect the things you enjoy every day?

You’ve probably heard how testosterone influences your libido and sperm count but in reality it’s responsible for so much more. Testosterone supports a variety of your body’s systems, including some of the things that make you feel like you!

From the deepness of your voice and the growth of your facial hair to your fat distribution and muscle mass, testosterone influences much of your physicality.  As you grow older, your testosterone levels will naturally decline, but some men suffer from low testosterone, or low-T, which can cause a decrease in sex drive or a reduced ability to perform.  Low-T can also drive a loss of muscle mass, a lack of energy, or deliver an overall low sense of well-being. Low T can affect your daily life and can negatively impact the activities you love, your relationships, the muscles you worked so hard for, but you don’t have to compromise.

While you can’t stop time, you can seek help to try to reverse the symptoms of low testosterone through a variety of methods, including testosterone replacement therapy from Pinnacle Men’s Health in Jacksonville. With a little help, you can recover your energy, your mood, and restore the sense of youthfulness you need to age healthy and happy.

Testosterone replacement therapy is all about finding the right solutions for your body and your lifestyle. After a simple blood test, a trained medical professional will counsel you through the treatment options that will work best for your unique situation. Some men benefit from a combination of sleep, exercise, and dietary changes. Others may need a more tailored approach to addressing low-T.

After implementing testosterone replacement therapies, men who previously experienced symptoms of low-T usually see an increase in their libidos, a lowered chance of erectile dysfunction (ED), and improved muscle mass. They end up looking better, and feeling better. But perhaps the greatest improvement is in their mood and energy levels. Giving them the “get up and go” they used to have.

Living an active lifestyle should never be compromised by low testosterone. If you’re experiencing the symptoms of low-T, contact the team at Pinnacle Men’s Health. Our practice in Jacksonville offers testosterone replacement therapy in Florida for those looking to improve their quality of life and take control of their health.

Understanding Sexual Health as You Age

man's handsKnowing what to expect as you get older can be confusing. Trying to figure out what is normal, natural and healthy when your body starts to change can be difficult – especially when it comes to the reproductive system. Take a look at some of the slow changes that may happen as the years pass to help understand your body better.

You may encounter gradual changes related to sperm production, testicular tissue and erectile function. The rate of sperm production may slow, and testicular tissue mass can decrease. As testosterone levels get lower, it can be difficult to maintain an erection. You may also encounter changes in urinary function as prostate tissue changes. Some studies suggest that around 50 percent of men face this condition, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia. As a result, you may experience difficulty with urination and ejaculation.

In addition to aging, other health conditions can contribute to reproductive changes. Physical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes and prostate cancer may be impacting your reproductive system. Fortunately, men struggling with erectile dysfunction have multiple treatment options. If you’ve already tried medication and are looking for an alternative treatment, consider WAVE therapy in Jacksonville. This painless, medication-free treatment uses sound waves to increase blood flow and deliver growth factors. Learn more about Wave Therapy treatment at PinnacleMensHealthJacksonville.com.

Understanding Physical Changes As You Age

Man at the gymHave you been experiencing physical changes and wondering what the cause is? Are you having trouble distinguishing between common side effects of aging and problems with low testosterone? While the natural process of aging demands that you adapt to changes in your body, there may be other conditions disrupting your health. Dropping testosterone levels – a condition that is treatable – could be the culprit for what you are feeling.

Testosterone, a naturally occurring hormone, helps maintain certain bodily functions for men. Your sex drive, fat distribution, muscle mass, bone density and sperm production are connected to testosterone levels. Unfortunately significant drops in testosterone can result in side effects like decreased energy levels, decreased strength, fatigue, decreased body hair, and erectile dysfunction.

While testosterone changes and aging may be responsible for these side effects, the physical changes could be occurring because of other reasons. If you’ve been diagnosed with a thyroid condition, testicular cancer, HIV or type 2 diabetes, you may experience also these symptoms. Other causes, such as alcohol use or side effects of medication, could be the reason you are feeling weak or having a decreased libido.

To help determine why your body is undergoing changes related to energy level, muscle strength and sexual function, visit the doctors at Pinnacle Men’s Health in Jacksonville. Your doctors can find out if you are a good candidate for low testosterone treatment in Florida. With a simple blood test, you can learn if your testosterone level has dropped, then discuss possible treatments.