Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction

Posted by Sheldon Freedman, MD, on June 7, 2016

It is estimated that erectile dysfunction affects up to 30 million men in the US. This condition is caused by numerous factors including but not limited to heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, and psychological and neurogenic problems. It is seen more often in men who smoke or drink excessively. Some medications like SSRIs for depression can cause men experience problems maintaining an erection. Erectile dysfunction can be stressful for both yourself and your partner. If you one of these men who suffer from ED, it is important to understand that there are many treatment options.

The least invasive treatment is medications. There are numerous products on the market today that are safe and effective if used correctly. Due to the high cost of Cialis, Levitra and Viagra, many men have asked me about alternative non-prescription options. It is important to speak with your doctor before trying non-FDA approved supplements such as herbal Viagra to help with your erections. These types of products have not undergone clinical trial testing and are not regulated by the FDA. They are considered food additives. You should use these with caution and always disclose if you are taking them at the time of your consultation.

Other ED treatment options include injection therapy and vacuum constriction devices. Injection therapy requires extreme caution and it is important for men to learn and be comfortable with this technique before beginning use. Vacuum devices require patience and time and are not a good fit for everybody. The best long term permanent solution for ED is a penile implant.

The good news is that ED is treatable. If pills like Viagra, Levitra and Cialis don't work, call the office today to set up an appointment to find a treatment option to end your ED permanently.