Nonsurgical Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction
Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS
Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS
Mary L Windle, PharmD
Martin I Resnick, MD
Exploring Your Treatment Options
Virtually any man who wishes to have an erection can obtain it, regardless of the underlying cause of his problem.
Many reasonable nonsurgical treatment options exist for erectile dysfunction (also called male impotence), including external vacuum devices, medications (oral and topical), hormonal therapy, penile injection therapy, and intraurethral pellet therapy. Sex counseling is another option and is discussed in Living With Erectile Dysfunction.
In selected cases and under the supervision of an experienced urologist who treats erectile dysfunction, therapy combining several of these methods can be used. If none of these therapies is satisfactory, surgical treatment, such as a penile prosthesis, can be considered.
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