Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a medical condition that affects your ability to get and sustain an erection, which affects sexual performance and satisfaction. It may or may not be caused by serious health conditions, such as high blood pressure and diabetes, or treatments for other diseases that can affect blood flow. ED was once considered a psychological problem. However, ED can be caused by many health conditions, as well. No matter what is causing your ED symptoms, rest assured that this condition is not only common among men of all ages, it is also very much treatable. A urologist can help get you a diagnosis and recommend treatments to help you reduce symptoms of ED.
Here are some effective treatments for ED. What’s recommended to you will depend on the cause and severity of your condition. Talk to a urologist today about what treatment will work best for you.
Medications for ED taken orally are very effective. They work to enhance the effect of the natural chemical your body produces as a response to sexual stimulation and increase blood flow. The chemical is called nitric oxide, which acts as a relaxant. When your penile muscles are relaxed, it is easier to get an erection and sustain it.
Medications used to treat erectile dysfunction include:
- Sildenafil (Viagra)
- Avanafil (Stendra)
- Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn)
- Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis)
Your doctor will determine which one is best for you.
Alprostadil Via Self-Injection or Urethral Suppository
Medicine can be delivered via a shot to the base or side of your penis to help treat ED. Your doctor will teach you how to administer the injections properly and will determine the best dose for you. Then you can self-inject at the time of your choosing. This treatment boosts blood flow immediately and can help reduce symptoms of ED.
This treatment can also be delivered via a suppository in the urethra. Also known as Muse, this treatment involves you using a special applicator to place the medicine inside the urethra. It immediately relaxes the muscles, so you can get an erection.
Testosterone Replacement Therapy
If ED is caused by low levels of testosterone, treatment may include testosterone replacement therapy. The treatment comes with various benefits, such as increased vigor and vitality. Rarely a standalone treatment, testosterone replacement therapy is often combined with other treatments for ED to enhance results.
For a more permanent solution that does not involve oral medication or injections, ask your doctor about your suitability for penile implant surgery. With an inflatable or semirigid penile implant, you can have spontaneous sexual activity without relying on medications. This is typically recommended when all other treatment methods have failed to work.
ED Diagnosis and Treatment in North Carolina
If you have ED, talk to a doctor today about possible treatment options. For erectile dysfunction treatment and other men’s health services, call the Carolina Urology Partners at (704) 786-5131 or request an appointment now. In our urology clinic, you will receive treatment for ED from the top urologist in North Carolina, Dr. Richard Natale.