Erectile dysfunction isn’t a disease, and can be treated. The method of treatment though very much depends on the underlying causes because ED is generally a symptom of some other health disorder, or the result of treatments for that disorder. Therefore, the first line of treatment is generally identifying and then treating that underlying cause. If an underlying cause can’t be identified, treatment will involve restoring erectile function instead.
Effective ED treatments include:
- Changing prescription medications if those are found to be the cause
- Counselling and psychotherapy if the underlying cause is found to be psychological (stress, depression, anxiety etc)
- Oral 5α-Reductase inhibitors to restore erectile function – Viagra, Levitra, Cialis etc
- Injections (ie Caverject Impulse)
- Prosthetic implants
Other rarely used treatments include hormone therapy and vascular surgery.
ED treatments can also be grouped into non-invasive, minimally invasive, and surgical. In most cases the treating physician will start with the least invasive treatments and only move on to more drastic measures if those don’t work.
Non-invasive ED treatments comprise treating the underlying cause or health condition. This may be by way of medications or counselling depending on the nature of the cause. Counselling can be an effective way of helping men who have confidence issues, suffer from depression or have other psychological disorders that contribute to their ED. It can also help those who have disease related ED and have subsequently lost confidence in their ability to ‘perform’.
Oral PDE5 inhibitor medications are also classed as non-invasive treatment and are highly effective in around three quarters of ED cases. However, ED medications should never be taken without medical supervision as some of them can react adversely with other medications like heart medications containing nitrate.
The other type of non-invasive ED treatment includes vacuum pumps and rubber rings. The vacuum pump is used to draw blood into the corpora cavernosa, thus simulating a normal erection. Rubber rings placed around the base of the penis are helpful in cases where an erection has been achieved but can’t be maintained. The ring stops blood retreating, which keeps the penis erect. Once again, these should not be used without medical supervision as they need to be fitted and used correctly to be effective. Even then, they don’t always work well.
If non-invasive ED treatments don’t work, the next step is trying minimally invasive ones. On the list of minimally invasive ED treatments are injections to increase blood flow to the penis, and testosterone replacement therapy, or TRT. Injections do work well but if too high a dosage is used, it can result in a painful and potentially harmful condition called priapism. Priapism is considered a medical emergency. TRT treatment is only used in men with low levels of testosterone.
Finally, in some cases surgical ED treatments may be required. Surgical options for treating ED include prosthetic implants, which cause an erection when a specific section of the device is squeezed. It is an expensive and usually a last resort option. Vascular surgery on the blood vessels supplying penile blood likewise is a last resort treatment, although it may be called for in cases where these blood vessels have been damaged by external trauma.If your ED issues are more along the lines of low libido, you may prefer to try natural remedies before going down the path of more invasive treatment options. One of these options could be taking ED pills like Tom Selleck ED pills, which contain aphrodisiacal plant compounds and supportive vitamins and minerals. However, if you’re on other medications for other health disorders, always talk to your physician first.