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Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options If you're suffering from erectile dysfunction, you're not alone. ED affects millions of men of all ages, and there are many treatment options available to you. Learn about your options and find the right treatment for you.

 Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common type of male sexual dysfunction. It is when a man has trouble getting or keeping an erection. ED becomes more common as you get older. But it’s not a natural part of aging. Some people have trouble speaking with their doctors about sex. But if you have ED, you should tell your doctor. ED can be a sign of health problems. It may mean your blood vessels are clogged. It may also be a sign of nerve damage from diabetes. If you have ED, you and your doctor can work on finding a treatment that’s right for you.

Medications

Your doctor may start you on a smaller dose of the ED drug if you already take an alpha blocker, or may recommend the alpha blocker tamsulosin (Flomax), which affects blood pressure less. These medications might not treat your ED immediately. You may need to work with your doctor to find the right dose and drug.

Injections

Injections are a treatment for ED when pills don’t work. They’re also called penile injections. Alprostadil (Caverject Impulse, Edex) is the drug most often used. The medicine is injected with a very fine needle into the base or side of the penis. Alprostadil relaxes smooth muscle tissue to enhance blood flow into the penis. It must be injected shortly before intercourse. Yet this treatment has potential side effects, such as pain and priapism (an erection lasting too long).

Vacuum devices

A vacuum device (also called a vacuum erection device) is a hollow tube with a hand-powered or battery-powered pump. The tube is placed over the penis, then the pump is used to suck out the air inside the tube. This creates a partial vacuum around the penis, which helps to draw blood into the corpora cavernosa. The returning blood fills the spaces in the corpora cavernosa, making the penis expand. A tension ring (a type of cock ring) is then placed around the base of the penis to maintain the erection. Vacuum devices are safe, relatively inexpensive, and reliable. They are available over the counter. But they require patience and self-control to use.

Penis pumps

Penis pumps are also effective, but they must be used before sex. The erection is then maintained by placing a ring around the base of the penis.

Surgery

Inflatable or rigid penile implants are a treatment option for men with ED if other treatments have failed. Penile implants are usually not recommended until other methods have been tried first. If you choose penile implants, you and your doctor will need to make sure that the area where the implant will be placed is healthy.

Lifestyle changes

If you smoke, quitting will improve your erections. Cutting down on or giving up alcohol may also help. Exercise regularly. It can help with underlying conditions that play a part in erectile dysfunction in a number of ways, including reducing stress, helping you lose weight and increasing blood flow. If you have diabetes, get it under control. Eating healthy foods, exercising and losing excess weight can help.

Counseling

If you’re dealing with erectile dysfunction, you’re not alone. Many men are too embarrassed to talk about it with their doctor. Others don’t even realize they have a problem. But ED is a common problem.
Erectile dysfunction can affect up to half of men over the age of 40. The first step is to talk to urologist and sexual health specialist Dr. Tapscott to find the underlying cause and treatment options available.

Learn more and schedule a visit at shicarolina.com/appointments/

Transcript:

hello

my name is Dr Ashley Tapscott I am a urologist and sexual medicine specialist

I am the founder and director of SHIC the sexual health institute of the

carolinas at carolina urology partners in huntersville

I specialize in many men’s health conditions including erectile

dysfunction or ed

ed can affect up to half of men over the age of 40 and it can take a real toll on

not only these men but also their partners both physically and emotionally

i hope you will find some valuable information in this video

erectile dysfunction doesn’t mean your sex life is over treatment options are available that can get you back to a satisfying sex life let’s talk about options treatments for ed include pills

penis injections vacu pumps and penis implants pills like viagra are the most

common type of therapy for ed typically pills must be taken at least 30 minutes

before sex although pills can be a satisfying solution they do not work for

everyone 30 of men with ed are unable to achieve a satisfying erection using pills

another treatment for ed is penis injections a therapy that requires men to give themselves a shot on the penis to get an erection the penis injection must be done 5 to 20 minutes before sex and are stored in the fridge

vacu pumps are also used to treat ed

vacu pumps are placed over the penis

and manually pumped the pumping pulls blood into the penis creating an erection a constrictive ring is placed at the base of the penis to trap the blood and maintain the erection

penis implants are a long-term treatment option for ed

implants require a brief surgical procedure there are two types available

malleable and inflatable your doctor may have a recommendation on which implant is right for you what might be successful in treating another man’s ed may not work for you talk with your

urologist to determine the best treatment option for you

thank you for joining me and taking the

time to learn about erectile dysfunction

I encourage you and your partner to learn more at coloplastmenshealth.com on this website

there is a wealth of information on erectile dysfunction and other common conditions affecting men on any of the pages you can click on find a physician

to find a physician in your area that specializes in treating these conditions thank you again for joining me and learning about this important men’s health condition