Erectile dysfunction is not the end of your sexual life; below are some treatment options to restore your erection. 

Erectile dysfunction (E.D.) is a common health problem affecting 5% of men over 40 years.1 The probability of E.D. increases to 15% for men up to the age of 70. E.D. can occur at any age, and there are many men in their 20s and 30s battling E.D. even though it is more common in older men.1 

Men often suffer in silence and associate E.D. with shame. Yet, there are many treatment options for E.D., including new penile implant devices, which will restore your sex life. 

Treatment options for E.D. include:

1.    Medications

PDE5 inhibitors are oral drugs that increase penile blood flow. Common drugs like Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra have made it easy to treat E.D.  It is advisable to take E.D. medications 1-2 hours before having sex.2 The response rate for E.D. medications is excellent, with 7 out of 10 men reported having better erections. E.D. medications are not as effective for individuals who have cancer or diabetes. 

2.    Testosterone Therapy

When E.D. is caused by low testosterone, hormone therapy is a viable solution that can restore testosterone to the required range. Testosterone treatments can include topical gel, transdermal patch, injections, or buccal testosterone. 

3.    Penile Implants 

Penile implants are devices that are surgically placed inside the penis to enable men with E.D. to get an erection.  Penile implants are often recommended after other forms of E.D. treatment because it is a surgical procedure. 

Penile implants are either semi-rigid or inflatable. Each penile device works differently, and you should weigh the pros and cons to identify which implant works best for you. 

The recovery time for new penile implant devices is 1-2 weeks, and you can have sex after eight weeks.2 Penile implant devices are very reliable, though in very rare cases, you might experience mechanical malfunctions that require surgery. 

4.    Vacuum erection Device

This is a plastic device that slips over the penis to make a seal with your skin. A vacuum erection device has a pump on the end that inserts pressure around the erectile tissue causing an erection.  Once you have an erection, use the elastic ring as the base of the penis to hold blood in the penis. The device can maintain an erection for 30 minutes. Proper training is required to get a working erection using a vacuum erection device.

5.    Self-Injection Therapy

Injecting Alprostadil to the side of the penis with a very small can help E.D. patients get working erections. Self-injection lessons are given by medical professionals to help in future use.  ICI Alprostadil is recommended for individuals who do not respond to PDE5 inhibitors. You can get a reliable erection of 20-30 minutes from the injection, but this option carries the risk of prolonged erection even after the climax.1

Choosing the right option

There are many options for treating E.D. Talk with your doctor to identify the best solution based on the underlying issues causing E.D. New penile implant devices to prove to be effective and permanent solutions to E.D. that you should consider after exploring the other short-term options.

Links to sources used

  1. What is erectile dysfunction-Urology Care Foundation-https://www.urologyhealth.org/urologic-conditions/erectile-dysfunction(ed)
  2. Penile Implants-Mayo Clinic-https://www.mayoclinic.org/tests-procedures/penile-implants/about/pac-20384916