After experiencing ED, a low libido and a low testosterone level after prostate cancer treatment, or other health issues, men and women alike often ask whether Viagra or testosterone cream can really help restore sexual function to enhance intimacy. For an answer to this complex couple's issue, see the following question and my response.
Rabbi Ed's Answer:
A number of men have reported it takes one to two years after treatments like robotic surgery to achieve an erection with Viagra or comparable meds. In my case it took 3 years, so patience is needed.
However after my surgery in April 2007 it took just two months to effectively use a a vacuum erection device or VED. But I found it caused delays, literally left me cold, and had a "hinge effect", which frankly unhinged me!
My underlying problem, as I knew from the get-go, was an extremely low testosterone level, due to unnecessary hormone treatment, problems like diabetes and peripheral neurpathy, and mild depression. On top of that my libido went way down because of all the meds I was on.
My low testosterone level was demonstrated by a simple blood test. After waiting two years after surgery to confirm an undetectable PSA score, my doc prescribed testosterone cream from a compounding pharmacy a few miles from my home. I willingly paid about $200 every three months for the T-cream, since it restores libido, improves well-being and enhances overall body toning. I’m convinced that is what made my use of Viagra even more effective.
Recently I verified that Women's International Pharmacy, - located in Wisconsin and Arizona, also makes compounded testosterone, but it costs only $47 for a 3-month period. This is a great resource for the money. While I get no commission from them, I encourage you to check them out on Google.
This pharmacy also compounds DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) for women who are at a sexual low-ebb, although DHEA is now available as an over-the-counter tablet in most pharmacies. Doctor-supervised DHEA, - a precursor to male and female sex hormones (androgens and estrogens), is recommended by Dr. Laura Berman of Chicago and the Mayo Clinic. However, there are no studies on its long-term effects.
A few others have told me that Women's International Pharmacy, - which is strictly "made-in-the-USA", is quite reliable and inexpensive. But bear in mind that it only dispenses compounded meds after your doctor sends them a prescription.
The bottom line: If you find you are at a low ebb, you would do well to use all the pharmaceutical resources at your disposal. Even if you do, waiting for renewed sexual function can take awhile. But better late than never!