Erectile Dysfunction: What Women Need To Know

Posted by Sheldon Freedman, MD, on July 26, 2016

Erectile dysfunction is not only a frustrating issue for men, but it affects their partners as well. Women sometimes feel unattractive, angry and sad if their spouse is unable to perform. I always encourage men to bring their spouses with them to our office to discuss any of their erectile dysfunction issues. Women need to be supportive and understanding of the man's condition.

Women have a hard time understanding how men feel about their condition but need to encourage their spouse to seek treatment. Many times my patients can take erectile dysfunction medications like Viagra, Cialis or other pde-5 inhibitors with some success. These types of medications enhance blood flow through the penis. I find that if these aren’t working, then many men and women become discouraged but don't realize there are plenty of other treatment options including vacuum devices, intracorporal injections like trimix, or penile implants.

The only permanent solution for erectile dysfunction is a penile implant (IPP). Often women are uncomfortable with their spouses getting a penile implant. They may have anxiety about the procedure and they may be concerned about how their partner’s erection will feel when they are intimate. It is important to realize that having a penile implant isn’t just about having sex, it is about feeling whole again. Because the implant is contained within the body, sex can happen at anytime. It will change your relationship for the better. We have many happy male patients and their partners who are willing to share their personal stories with you. Please feel free to call our office so that we can schedule you an appointment today.