How To Talk To Your Doctor About ED

    Lifestyle Changes

    For some men, getting more exercise, quitting smoking, losing weight, and cutting back on alcohol may solve erection problems.

    Counseling

    Even though most cases of ED have a physical cause, counseling can help couples deal with the emotional effects. Some couples find that counseling adds to the medical treatment by making their relationship stronger.

    Oral Medicines

    Since 1998, doctors have been able to prescribe a pill to treat ED. Current brands include Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis. If your health is generally good, your doctor may prescribe one of these drugs. You should not take any of these pills to treat ED if you take any nitrates, a type of heart medicine. All ED pills work by increasing blood flow to the penis. They do not cause automatic erections. Talk with your doctor about when to take the pill. You may need to experiment to find out how soon the pill takes effect.

    Even if taking a pill solves your erection problem, you should still take care of the other health issues that may have caused your ED.

    Injections

    Taking a pill doesn’t work for everybody. Many men use medicines that go directly into the penis. Caverject and Edex are injected into the shaft of the penis with a needle. MUSE is a tiny pill inserted into the urethra at the tip of the penis. These medicines usually cause an erection within minutes. These medicines can be very successful, even if other treatments fail.

    Injections

    Taking a pill
    doesn’t work for everybody. Many men use medicines that go directly into
    the penis. Caverject and Edex are injected into the shaft of the penis
    with a needle. MUSE is a tiny pill inserted into the urethra at the tip
    of the penis. These medicines usually cause an erection within minutes.
    These medicines can be very successful, even if other treatments fail.

    Penile Implant

    If
    the other options fail, some men need surgery to treat ED. A surgeon
    can implant a device that inflates or unbends to create an erection.
    Implanted devices do not interfere with the way sex feels.

    Penile
    implant operations cannot be reversed. Once a man has a penile implant,
    he must use the device to have an erection. Talk with your doctor about
    the pros and cons of having a penile implant. 

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