ED Treatments

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Thu, 06/24/2010

Lifestyle changes, including exercise, quit smoking, lose weight, and cutting back on alcohol may solve the problem. Numbers of other treatments are also available.

If lifestyle changes not produce expected results and still have erection problems, many treatment options are available to overcome ED.

ED Treatment options

ED Counseling - Even though most cases of ED have a physical cause, counseling can help couples deal with the emotional effects.

ED Oral medication - Your doctor may prescribe a pill to treat ED. Current brands include Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis. These drugs work by increasing blood flow to the penis. Do not take any of these drugs if you are taking nitrates, a type of heart medicine.

ED Injectable medication - Medicines injected into the shaft of the penis or inserted into the tip of the penis usually cause an erection within 50 to 15 minutes and last for 30 minutes to several hours. Prostaglandin (alprostadil, Caverject, Edex), and phentolamine (Regitine), they cause vascular dilation and a relaxation of smooth muscle. This injection is useful not more than once in four to seven days.

ED penile Vacuum devices

ED vacuum pump device

It can be useful for manually creating an erection. Insert the penis into a plastic tube; operate a hand pump attached to the tube to create a vacuum, which draws blood into the penis, causing the penis to become erectile. Then remove the penis from the tube and place a soft rubber ring over the base of the penis to stop blood and maintain the erection until remove it. This method improves erection regardless of the cause of impotence; it can be useful for 25 to 30 minutes.

Penile implant

Inflatable penile implate

Once other options fail, a surgeon can implant a device into the penis that inflates or straightens to create an erection.