Erectile Dysfunction Treatment: What Guys Need to Know

You don’t have to suffer with erectile dysfunction anymore as treatments are becoming more effective and easier on the patient. In this video, Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher discusses the various choices for erectile dysfunction treatment, ranging from taking a pill to surgical options. It may take some time to find the erectile dysfunction treatment that works for you, but when you find one you will have a happier and healthier sex life.

One option for erectile dysfunction treatment is medication, which comes in a few different forms. There are pills called PDE-5 inhibitors, which work by relaxing muscles in the penis, allowing blood to flow into the chambers and creating an erection. These erectile dysfunction pills allow an erection to happen, but only when you are aroused. These medications work well, but you should not use them if you've had a recent heart attack or stroke, or use nitrate medications for heart problems.

There is another medication for erectile dysfunction treatment which simulates a natural hormone called Prostaglandin E. This method also works by relaxing muscles in the penis, but it differs from pills because it automatically results in an erection regardless of arousal. This can be given through an injection into the penis using a very thin needle that shouldn't be too uncomfortable. This drug is also available in the form of a pellet that can be inserted into the penis with an applicator.Hormone replacement therapy is an option that can help the small numbers of men experiencing ED due to low levels of testosterone.

Another erectile dysfunction treatment option uses a medical device called an external vacuum, which uses a cylinder placed around the penis and a pump to create a low-pressure vacuum and trigger an erection. 

There are also surgical options for more severe cases of erectile dysfunction. Vascular surgery can be performed when blood flow to the penis has been blocked due to injury. There are also implants. With this method, two inflatable balloons are implanted into the penis and connected to a pump and a reservoir. When inflated by the pump, fluid from the reservoir flows into the balloons and creates an erection. These implant operations cannot be reversed.

If you occasionally experience erectile dysfunction, don't assume it's permanent. It is also important to be open with your sexual partner if you think you have ED. There are many erectile dysfunction treatment options that can help you have a healthy sex life. Talk with your doctor to find one that works for you. 

Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher

This video features Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher. Dr. Paul Knoepflmacher is a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine

Duration: 03:55. Last Updated On: 2015-12-03
Reviewed by: Dr. Preeti Parikh, Dr. Holly Atkinson, Dr. Supriya Jain . Review date: August 24, 2012
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