Pellets are medically used in a procedure known as trans urethral therapy.
Essentially this procedure is involves a small pellet of a medication that is put directly into the urethra to simulate an erection. The urethra is the tube that runs through the penis and carries urine from the bladder and out through the tip of the penis.
Today, the most commonly used pellet by urologists is called “MUSE”
(medicated urethral system for erection) which is about the size of a grain of rice. In the MUSE pellet, there is a chemical called “alprostadi” which is a synthetic form of a naturally occurring hormone found in the penis that dilates the blood vessels and creates an erection.
Some side effects of the Muse include slight throbbing and burning sensation during and immediately following insertion of the pellet, dizziness and rapid pulse, and female partners of men who use the MUSE have reported experiencing mild vaginal itching after sex. It should be noted that men who use the MUSE pellet should not drive for at least an hour after first using the pellet.
On average, pellets give most men an erection within five to ten minutes. Typically, pellets are prescribed over other treatments and drugs by urologists to men who either cannot take E.D. drugs or for men who have severe cases of E.D. who have not had success achieving erections after using oral medication.
Doctors will prescribe MUSE for patients suffering from E.D. who have vascular disease, diabetes or heart disease as these individuals cannot take other oral medications. While the MUSE has been found to be effective in only 30% to 60% of men, doctors recommend that it not be used by men in certain instances.