Erectile dysfunction treatments
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection. It can be caused by physical or psychological issues. ED can be a sign of health problems. It can also be a side effect of certain medications. Treatments for ED include:
Several medications can help with ED. These include:
- sildenafil (Viagra)
- tadalafil (Cialis)
- vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
- avanafil (Stendra)
A vacuum device is a pump placed over the penis to create blood flow. The device pulls blood into the penis to make it erect. A band is then placed around the base of the penis to keep the blood there. The device is safe, effective, and does not require surgery.
Injections are also called penile injections. They use a very fine needle to inject a medicine into the side of the penis. The medicine makes the blood vessels larger, so blood can flow into the penis. The injections are safe and effective. But they must be given by a trained healthcare provider.
A penile implant is a surgery. The surgeon puts a rod into the shaft of the penis. This makes it erect. The surgery is usually only done if other treatments do not work.
Counseling can help if one or both partners have ED. It can also help if ED is causing relationship problems. A counselor can teach new ways to be intimate without penetration. The counselor can also help couples deal with relationship issues.
ED can be treated. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best treatment for you.