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Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

erectile dysfunction treatmentErectile Dysfunction Treatment

Erectile dysfunction treatment options are plentiful and effective, which is good news for men who are grappling with this sexual health issue. The effectiveness of each erectile dysfunction treatment differs for each man and depends on several factors, including the man’s age, the reason for the erectile dysfunction (i.e., the type of treatment or condition associated with the condition), whether he has had more than one type of erectile dysfunction treatment, a man’s erectile function before treatment, and overall health. A combination of these treatment options can be part of a penile rehabilitation program and you and your doctor need to discuss which approach could work best for you.

Erectile dysfunction treatment options can be used alone or in combination in some cases, and include:

  • Drugs: Oral medication using phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors (PDE5 inhibitor), which include tadalafil (Cialis), sildenafil (Viagra), Stendra (avanafil), and vardenafil (Levitra). These drugs enhance the effects of nitric oxide, a chemical that relaxes the muscles in the penis. After the muscles are relaxed, blood flow to the penis increases and allows an erection to occur in response to sexual stimulation. Read More on Drugs for Erectile Dysfunction
  • Pumps and Other Devices: Mechanical devices, including a venous constriction band or a vacuum constriction pump and band. Both devices utilize a tension band or ring that maintains an erection by retaining blood in the penis. The pump uses external suction pressure to create an erection before the man put on the tension ring. Daily use of a vacuum device provides the penis with oxygenated blood and stretches the penile tissue. Read More on Penis Pumps for ED
  • Intraurethral Suppository (MUSE) containing alprostadil, which dilates the penile blood vessel. The benefits of this approach are questionable and sometimes painful. Read More on MUSE for ED
  • Intracavernous Injections made directly into the penis, also using alprostadil, but other elements can be added as well. Alprostadil is a synthetic version of a hormone that can relax the muscles in the penis, which improves blood flow necessary for an erection. Read More
  • Penile Implant is usually reserved for men who clearly have a medical cause for their ED and other ED treatments have failed. Read More
  • Sex Therapy Counseling provided by a professional counselor or psychologist who is familiar with sexual issues can be helpful. Read More on Counseling and Therapy
  • Herbal and Nutritional Supplements can be used in combination with other treatments for erectile problems. Read More on Top Supplements for Erectile Dysfunction treatment

To get the best results from any erectile dysfunction treatment, men who are faced with this challenge should consult one or more knowledgeable healthcare practitioners, including a urologist and psychologist or sex therapist.


The advertisements on TV for the major erectile dysfunction pills and drugs always advise you to “seek medical attention if you have an erection lasting longer than 4-hours”. One side effect from drugs for erectile dysfunction treatment can be a prolonged erection and pain in the penis (known as priapism; an erection lasting longer than four hours). A prolonged erection may also be caused by other treatments such as injections and MUSE suppositories.

Priapism is a serious medical condition, because the penis is deprived of oxygen, which damages and destroys erectile tissue. Thus warnings to seek medical attention immediately should be taken seriously. Often times, your doctor may give you an information card similar to the Sloan-Kettering Wallet Card for patients using penile injections. This card details the serious nature of priapism and advises the attending medical professional of erectile dysfunction treatment options and other information.

Created: November 23, 2010

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