Senior Citizens – Options for Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common problem for men, especially as they get older. According to the National Institutes of Health, about 5% of 40-year-old men and 15-25% of 65-year-old men experience ED.
There are several options for treating ED, including:
- Oral medications: These include sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra). They work by increasing blood flow to the penis.
- Penile injections: These injections are usually a mix of two drugs, papaverine and phentolamine. They work by relaxing the smooth muscles in the penis, allowing blood to flow in.
- Vacuum devices: These devices are a plastic cylinder that is placed over the penis. A vacuum is then created, drawing blood into the penis. Once the penis is engorged, a ring is placed at the base to maintain the erection.
- Penile implants: This is a surgical procedure that involves placing a device inside the penis. The device consists of two rods that are surgically implanted into the erection chambers of the penis, as well as a pump that is placed in the scrotum.
ED can be an embarrassing and frustrating problem, but it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many treatment options available, so talk to your doctor about which one may be right for you.