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Help for Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is another name for impotence. ED is the persistent inability to maintain an erection that is firm enough or lasts long enough to have sexual intercourse. This common problem is often caused by physical conditions, including prostate cancer, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.


Treating ED and Restoring Your Quality of Life

ED can limit your intimacy, affect your self-esteem and impact your most important relationships. But the good news is that nearly every case is treatable today, it's not simply an inevitable consequence of aging, and you don't have to simply live with it. 

There is usually more than one treatment option. The first step is to seek help from a doctor who is familiar  with the latest forms of treatment. Your urologist can help you determine which treatment is right for you. 


Treatment Options

There are a variety of different treatment alternatives, ranging from medications to surgery. Your doctor will discuss options that may be appropriate for you, along with the risks and benefits. 
  • Oral Medications - There are a number of prescription medications available that may improve blood flow to the penis. Combined with sexual stimulation, this can produce an erection. 
  • Vacuum Erection Devices - A plastic cylinder is placed over the penis, and a pump (either manual or battery operated) creates vacuum suction within the cylinder, drawing blood into the penis to create an erection. A stretchable tension band placed at the base of the penis can help maintain the erection. 
  • Injections - With injection therapy, a small needle is used to inject medication directly into the penis. The medication allows blood to flow into the penis, creating an erection. 
  • Intraurethral Suppositories - Another option is a suppository that contains medication. A small pellet is inserted into the urethra.
  • Penile Prostheses - In use for more than 30 years, penile prostheses may provide an effective surgical option for men who are not satisfied with the results they are getting from other treatment options. 

 

To get help for erectile dysfunction, call Deaconess

Clinic Urology at 812-426-9855