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Questions About Magnetic Therapy and Erectile Dysfunction

Q1: I have heard of recent news, linking Viagra with blindness. Is that true?
Q2: What is magnetic therapy and how does it work?
Q3: What is the Magnehance?
Q4: How large is this thing that you expect me to comfortably wear in my pants?
Q5: What makes the Magnehance special?
Q6: Do I need a prescription, which would require an office visit and more money?
Q7: Will my health plan cover the cost of the Magnehance?
Q8: How strong is the Magnehance?
Q9: I've heard the word Gauss used to describe magnet strength, but what does that mean?
Q10: Why can't I just use any flat magnet, like last year's calendar refrigerator magnet?
Q11: Where can I find more information on magnetic therapy and healthy living?
Q12: You claim that magnets can increase blood flow. What's your evidence?
Q13: Why do the therapeutic magnets that the other guys sell look larger?
Q14: If I buy the Magnehance Complete, do I need to buy other parts (e.g., the insert, pouches, or tape)?
Q15: How will your packaging be marked? Will it be obvious to others that I've bought a Magnehance?


Answers

Q1. I've heard of recent news, linking Viagra with blindness. Is that true?
Yes, several years ago the use of impotence drugs was tentatively linked to a certain type of blindess, but there has not been a causal relationship established. The blindness is a rare condition known as Non-arteritic Anterior Ischemic Optic Neuropathy (NAION) that produces blurred vision or vision loss. It should be noted that the blindness occurred in fewer than 100 men within 36 hours of their taking Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra, and that all of the men had at least one existing condition (high blood pressure, diabetes, or high cholesterol) that raises the risk of NAION even without Viagra, Cialis, or Levitra.
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Q2. What is magnetic therapy and how does it work?
Magnetic therapy is, primarily, the application of a magnet, often a magnetic pad, to an area of one's body. The goal of this application often is to promote healing in, and/or reduce pain from, that body area. Scientific research has shown that magnetic therapy can promote blood flow to the body area to which a magnet is applied, and it is believed that this increased blood flow is one mechanism by which the magnet is therapeutic. This may or may not be due to blood-borne particles (e.g., iron) being attracted by the magnet.
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Q3. What is the Magnehance™?
The Magnehance™ is a specially designed, patent-pending device, worn by males for sexual enhancement. The Magnehance™ resulted from our combining the principles of magnetic therapy and sexual enhancement. Because research has shown that magnetic therapy can increase blood flow to a treated body area, and because erections are dependent on blood flow, it seemed natural to design a magnetic device that can be used in therapeutic contexts (e.g., erectile dysfunction) as well as in non-therapeutic contexts (pure enhancement).

The Magnehance™ consists, therefore, of a super-flexible, neodymium iron boron magnet component and an accompanying fabric pouch, both of which are designed to be worn, comfortably, attached to one's lower undergarment (or the garment worn closest to one's body). You just insert the magnet into the pouch and, using the accompanying double-coated adhesive tape, attach the Magnehance™ to the front panel (penile region) of your underwear. Neodymium iron boron is a high-energy, rare earth magnet that is used extensively in magnetic therapy.
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Q4. How large is this thing that you expect me to comfortably wear in my pants?
The thickness of the magnet and pouch, together, is no more than 100 mils (100 thousandths [1/10th] of an inch); the thickness of the super-flexible, neodymium iron boron magnet, itself, is 30 mils. The Magnehance™ is shaped triangularly, but worn inverted. So, the width is 3 5/8 inches (9.21 cm) at the top and 1 1/4 inches (3.18 cm) at the bottom, and the height is 4 7/16 inches (11.27 cm). Testing has shown that the Magnehance™ can be worn comfortably and non-obviously.

You can see a photograph of the Magnehance™ in the Products section of our site.
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Q5. What makes the Magnehance™ special?
Aside from the fact that the Magnehance™ is the first of its kind, its detachable characteristic makes the Magnehance™ particularly practical. The Magnehance™ can be worn with minimal obviousness to the wearer. Furthermore, the magnetic component is made of a super-flexible form of the high-energy, rare earth magnet known as neodymium iron boron, and can be easily inserted and removed from the pouch. Both components can be easily washed (see instructions).
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Q6. Do I need a prescription, which would require an office visit and more money?
Not at all! Although you should get your physician's advice, the Magnehance™ DOES NOT require a prescription, which is one of its advantages. Keep in mind that the cost of one Magnehance™ is possibly less than the cost of one visit to your physician.
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Q7. Will my health plan cover the cost of the Magnehance™?
Probably not. The Magnehance™ is not sold as a medical device, and, although it should be used with your physician's advice, would probably be considered non-essential by health insurers. However, we have recently read that some insurers will begin covering the cost of some erectile dysfunction medicines.
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Q8. How strong is the Magnehance™?
The Magnehance™ is made of a magnet that is polarized at 8 ppi (poles per inch) and rated at 3.5 MGOe (Megagauss Oersteds). Although there are stronger neodymium iron boron magnets for sale, our research has shown that this strength is adequate for our purposes while keeping product costs low. We would be interested to learn that customers would like a Magnehance™ made of an even stronger magnet (e.g., 5.0 MGOe).
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Q9. I've heard the word Gauss used to describe magnet strength, but what does that mean?
Actually, in this context, Gauss is not a good term to describe a magnet's strength, because it provides no information about the total energy of the magnet or about how far the energy will project from the magnet's surface; rather, it characterizes the core of the magnet by describing a magnet's residual induction (Br), which is an indication of potential strength. Alternatively, you can describe a magnet's coercive force (Oersteds, or Hc), which is an indication of resistance to demagnetization. Finally, and most relevant in this context, you can describe a magnet's maximum energy product (Gauss-Oersteds, or BHmax), which is an indication of intensity of magnetic flux and a measure of magnetic field on the surface of the magnet. This measure is often indicated as MGOe (Megagauss Oersteads).
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Q10. Why can't I just use any flat magnet, like last year's calendar refrigerator magnet?
An alternating polarity pattern, number of poles per inch (ppi), magnet strength, and magnet construction are important considerations. A pattern in which north and south polarities alternate on the same side is better, as is having a low ppi (a high ppi increases holding strength but reduces the reach of the magnetic field). Although a refrigerator magnet may have an alternating pattern, its pattern is likely in the range of 12-14 ppi. Because the reach of the field is not important for a refrigerator magnet, increasing ppi allows manufacturers to maintain holding strength while using weaker magnetic material. That weaker magnetic material may be as low as 0.6 MGOe. Also, refrigerator magnets are relatively thin, maybe only 12 mils (not including the vinyl coating). (Increasing a magnetís thickness increases is potential strength.) Finally, refrigerator magnets are likely made of a weak ferromagnetic material and a polymer.

The Magnehance™ is much different. The Magnehance™ has a same-side alternating pattern with 8 ppi, which allows it to be stronger than a refrigerator magnet. In fact, the Magnehance™ is currently rated at 3.5 MGOe, which is much stronger than refrigerator magnets. Finally, the Magnehance™ is made of neodymium iron born, a powerful rare earth magnet that provides the highest available magnetic energies of any material. These characteristics work to make the Magnehance™ a stronger magnet with a greater magnetic field--perfect for our application.
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Q11. Where can I find more information on magnetic therapy and healthy living?
You can start at our Helpful Links page or perform a basic web search (e.g. http://www.google.com). There is also information available through libraries at the local, college, and university levels.

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Q12. You claim that magnets can increase blood flow. What's your evidence?
There is more information on our Helpful Links page, but a few scientific research articles that describe a magnetic influence on blood flow are:

  • Gmitrov, J., Ohkubo, C., & Okano, H. (2002). Effect of 0.25 T static magnetic field on microcirculation in rabbits. Bioelectromagnetics, 23, 224-229.
  • Shlygin, V., Tiuliaev, A., & Maksimov, G. (2001). [Effect of magnetic field on excitation propagation in a nerve fiber innervating a blood vessel]. [Russian] Biofizika, 46, 537-540.
  • Ichioka, S., Iwasaka, M., Shibata, M., Harii, K., Kamiya, A., & Ueno, S. (1998). Biological effects of static magnetic fields on the microcirculatory blood flow in vivo: a preliminary report. Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing, 36, 91-95.
  • Pelka, R., Jaenicke, C., & Gruenwald, J. (2002). Impulse magnetic-field therapy for erectile dysfunction: a double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Advances in Therapeutics, 19, 53-60.

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Q13. Why do the therapeutic magnets that the other guys sell look larger?
Many therapeutic magnetic pads are designed to be attached to your knee, elbow, etc., so they must have a strap. Also, they are often worn in clear view of others, so they must be decorative, and they are often worn directly against your skin, so they must be cusioned. For these reasons, those products are typically bulkier than the Magnehance™. The Magnehance™ is designed to be effective, yet practical and non-obvious, and, because it includes a wear pouch and is worn inside your clothing, there is no need for extra materials (other than tape). Finally, we have tried to keep the cost of the Magnehance™ low, so as to make magnetic therapy available to more of those who need it.
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Q14. If I buy the Magnehance™ Complete, do I need to buy other parts (e.g., the insert, pouches, or tape)?
Probably not. The magnetic insert is made of a high-quality, super-flexible magnet, so that part should last a long time, given that you treat it correctly (see instructions). Similarly, how you treat (e.g., wash and dry) the pouches will influence their longevity, but you may wish to buy extra pouches so you don't have to wash your pouch, daily. Regarding tape, you can of course buy some as you need it, or plan ahead, but any equally strong, double-sided adhesive should work well. Our tape, however, is known to work well.
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Q15. How will your packaging be marked? Will it be obvious to others that I've bought a Magnehance™?
There may be a Magnetic Material sticker on the package, and there will be our address and your delivery name and address. We will try to keep "Magnehance" off the package.
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