Erectile dysfunction (ED), which is defined as trouble maintaining an erection, is the most common sex problem that men report to their doctor. More than 50 percent of men are reported to suffer from erectile dysfunction.
Men who suffer from ED report feeling embarrassed and a reduction in self-confidence. The condition can also affect the quality of your relationship with your romantic partner.
Today, thanks to widespread awareness about ED and the knowledge of available treatments, more and more men are more comfortable with going to their doctors about problems with erectile dysfunction. There are a number of effective treatments for ED that are now widely available.
Available Therapies for Erectile Dysfunction
You have various options to treat your ED depending on its severity and any other underlying health conditions you may have. These options include the following:
Prescription Medications (Pills for ED)
This is the most widely known type of ED treatment. These medications are often preferred because they simply require taking a pill.
Some examples of oral medications for the treatment of ED include Viagra (sildenafil), Cialis (tadalafil), and Levitra (vardenafil). These medications work to enhance the effects of nitric oxide in your body and relax your penile muscles, thereby allowing you to respond normally to sexual stimulation.
While taking oral medication helps, it does not create an instant erection without sexual stimulation. Every medication comes with side effects, and it’s best to ask your doctor about what you may experience while being on the medication. Also be sure to tell him about any other prescriptions or supplements you are taking.
If you’re not comfortable with the accompanying effects of ED oral medication, your doctor will likely recommend other methods of treatment to find what you’re comfortable with.
With the alprostadil injection (Edex or Caverject Impulse), a very small needle is used to inject the medicine into the side or base of your penis. If needed, your doctor may recommend a combination of other medications such as papaverine and phentolamine.
Each dosage creates an erection that lasts up to an hour. You may feel minor pain at the injection site. There can be side effects associated with this medicine that your doctor will discuss with you.
Alprostadil Urethral Suppository
The alprostadil intraurethral suppository (Muse) involves placing a tiny suppository inside your penis using an applicator. The medication should make its way into the penile urethra.
You should get an erection within 10 minutes of the application, and the erection will last at least a half-hour. If you are considering this method, potential side effects should be explained by your doctor.
Sometimes, the cause of ED is due to low levels of testosterone in the body. If this is the case, then your urologist may recommend testosterone replacement therapy alone or combined with other treatment methods.
Erectile Dysfunction Treatment in North Carolina
Dr. Richard Natale is a board-certified urologist in Charlotte, North Carolina, who specializes in men’s health issues, including erectile dysfunction. After a careful review of your symptoms and considering your existing health conditions, he will recommend the best treatment for your erectile dysfunction.
Feel free to call our team at Carolina Urology Partners today at (704) 786-5131 or request an appointment online now, and get your life back to normal again!