If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction (ED), do not despair. A variety of treatment options are available ranging from medications to devices, supplements, and more. Here is a brief rundown of effective methods on how to treat impotence.
Medications: Topping the ED treatment list for many men are the oral medications you see advertised so often on TV and the internet, which include Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn, and Stendra. All of these medications are somewhat similar yet have some dosing, side effect, and potency differences.
Penis pumps: Penis pumps are handheld devices that fit over the penis. They can be used by men who want to avoid medications, who can’t take ED drugs, or who prefer this approach. They are often used as part of a prostate cancer and general ED treatment program.
Penile implants: Implants require a surgical procedure and, like penis pumps, are often used as part of a prostate cancer and general ED treatment program.
Supplements: Many natural supplements have been shown to be effective for sexual health. Supplements for impotence, such as maca, yohimbine, and ginkgo, typically can be used along with other treatment options.
Injections or Suppositories: Certain synthetic hormones that can cause an erection can be delivered to the penis either via suppository or by direct injection. Men can self-treat once they are shown how to administer the drugs.
Penile revascularization. This is a surgical procedure that is typically reserved for young men who have suffered blunt trauma to the pelvis or perineal region. It is similar to cardiac bypass.
Counseling: Counseling is part of an overall ED treatment program and can be undertaken in many forms, including weekly phone calls run and maintained by ED support groups. Men are encouraged to bring their partners to counseling as well.
The cause and severity of your ED are important when determining the best treatment approach. Diet, lifestyle and other factors may also be taken into account when building an overall treatment program to tackle erectile dysfunction.
Read more in our Erectile Dysfunction Health Center.