Search

Erectile Dysfunction Center

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Erectile dysfunction treatment
Treatments for erectile dysfunction range from non-invasive to most invasive options.  Your doctor may recommend making lifestyle changes that will increase sexual functionality or might suggest that you reduce medications prescribed for other physical and/or psychological illnesses.  These treatments can help increase erectile function, leading to more fulfilling sexual experiences.

If lifestyle or psychological treatments do not work, your doctor may prescribe medication (orally or injected), surgically implanted devices, or vacuum devices.  Rarely, surgery may be needed for the veins or arteries.  A list of possible treatments follows below:

Alternative Therapy
Acupuncture, Ginkgo, L-arginine, and DHEA have been used as nutritional supplements for erectile dysfunction.  Be advised, however that there are a number of supplements sold on the market that have been listed by the Food and Drug Administration as potentially dangerous.  Alternative treatments may not be tested to have safety or effectiveness confirmed, so it is important to consult with your doctor before following any supplement course for treating ED.     

Medications
A number of different drugs exist for the treatment of erectile dysfunction.  They may be injected locally into the penis, or be taken orally.  Examples of prescription drugs for erectile dysfunction include:

  • Drugs that widen blood vessels ( alprostadil, papaverine hydrochloride)
  • Oral testosterone
  • Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis (which boosts the effects of nitric oxide, thereby allowing for increased blood flow)

It is important to inform your doctor of any other medication that you are taking, as some drugs be contraindicated with other drugs and illnesses.  Do not change or stop your medication without first consulting your doctor. 

Psychotherapy
Because some forms of erectile dysfunction occur due to anxiety about sexual performance, or other psychological reasons, your doctor may recommend anxiety reducing techniques that may involve your sexual partner. 

Vacuum Device
These devices create an erection by using a mechanical vacuum, which draws blood into the penis, and thereby enlarging the penis.  After sufficient blood is drawn into the penis to maintain an erection, an elastic band is placed around the base of the penis to prevent blood flow into the body.  This band is removed after sexual activity.

Surgery
Surgery may be used to either implant a device to will allow the penis to become erect, reconstruct arteries to increase flood flow, or close veins that allow excessive blood leakage.   

Although most men experience the inability to get or maintain and erection during their lives, regular problems with an erection or ejaculation require medical attention. But erectile dysfunction does not need to interfere with your sex life.  Early treatment can allow you to understand what factors are interfering with a healthy sexual life.  Whether anxiety, age, medication, or other factors are causing ED, erectile dysfunction can be treatable with help from your doctor.  Seek help now to begin a more fulfilling relationship for the future.

<< PREVIOUS:Diagnosis