Men's Health Month: 5 common treatments for ED
Erectile dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, is the inability to achieve or sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. The causes of ED range from medication complications and chronic illnesses to poor blood flow and drinking too much alcohol.
Problems like ED often go untreated if the patient is reluctant or embarrassed to discuss the situation with his doctor. Rest assured, your doctor is a professional and we want to help you lead an active, full life.
Once you are diagnosed with ED, you physician may prescribe one of several treatment options, such as:
- Reducing or changing a medication found to be causing ED
- Counseling when there may be a psychological cause for the ED
- Drug therapy (Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, etc. are common medications for ED)
- Vacuum devices
- Surgery (This is usually only done if you have severe ED and there is no response to other treatments.)
The FDA cautions against many over-the-counter treatments for ED and has issued warnings about several specific products (Click here for a list of products to avoid.)
If you are suffering from ED, consult your physician. Don’t have a primary care physician? Call 1-800-DOCTORS for a free physician referral.