Erectile Dysfunction Treatments

May 15, 2018 Source: Internal - Yilin Zhang | External Source:

Have you been recently diagnosed with erectile dysfunction or think you may have erectile dysfunction? You might be confused, worried, or anxious. We understand how you might be feeling but would like to assure you that your feelings are normal. In this blog, we will discuss some treatment options available for you.

There are a wide range of medications available on the market to treat erectile dysfunction. For example, viagra and cialis can both help you maintain an erection by boosting blood flow to your penis. Depending on your personal circumstances, some medications may be better suited for your lifestyle. For example, Viagra lasts up to 4 hours while Cialis can last for 36 hours! It is important to discuss your options with a doctor. If you suffered from a heart attack, stroke, irregular heart rate, or high/low blood pressure within the past 6 months, then it is important to seek other options.

Erectile dysfunction may also be treated by alprostadil, a medication requiring a physician’s prescription. Similar to viagra and cialist, alprostadil boosts blood flow by expanding blood vessels, but it does so for the entire body and not just the penis. Users may either inject alprostadil directly into the penis, or place it into the opening of the penis as a suppository. It is important to discuss with your physician to see if alprostadil is right for you.

If medications are ill-suited for your physical condition, then you may consider obtaining a vacuum constriction device (VCD), which is a pump placed over the penis and helps the man obtain or maintain an erection. Studies show that about 50-80% of men are satisfied with VCDs. However, if you suffer from severe congenital bleeding disorder or a predisposition to priapism (a prolonged, painful erection), a VCD should not be used.

As you can see, there are a wide range of treatment options for erectile dysfunction. The options are diverse and you may not know which option is the best for you. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to visit our on-site urologist to determine the treatment option right for you.