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Nonsurgical Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction (cont.)

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Male reproductive system.
Male reproductive system.Click to view larger image.

An external vacuum device can be used to produce an erection. The typical vacuum device consists of a plastic cylinder, a tension ring, and a small hand pump.
An external vacuum device can be used to produce an erection. The typical vacuum device consists of a plastic cylinder, a tension ring, and a small hand pump.Click to view larger image.

The external vacuum device is shown placed over the penis. Note that, after an erection is obtained, the tension ring is placed at the base of the penis to help maintain the erection.
The external vacuum device is shown placed over the penis. Note that, after an erection is obtained, the tension ring is placed at the base of the penis to help maintain the erection.Click to view larger image.

One of the many types of constricting devices is shown that can be placed at the base of the penis to diminish blood outflow and to improve the quality and duration of an erection. This device can be used in conjunction with medications, injection therapy, or an external vacuum device.
One of the many types of constricting devices is shown that can be placed at the base of the penis to diminish blood outflow and to improve the quality and duration of an erection. This device can be used in conjunction with medications, injection therapy, or an external vacuum device. Click to view larger image.

Penile injection therapy can be used to achieve an erection. A vasodilator (a drug to widen the blood vessels) is injected into the penis, and, if the blood vessels are capable of dilating, a strong erection should develop within 5 minutes.
Penile injection therapy can be used to achieve an erection. A vasodilator (a drug to widen the blood vessels) is injected into the penis, and, if the blood vessels are capable of dilating, a strong erection should develop within 5 minutes. Click to view larger image.

Intraurethral pellet therapy is also called the medicated urethral system for erections or the MUSE system. With this therapy, a small suppository containing a vasodilator (a drug to widen the blood vessels) is inserted into the urethra, using the device shown, to help achieve an erection.
Intraurethral pellet therapy is also called the medicated urethral system for erections or the MUSE system. With this therapy, a small suppository containing a vasodilator (a drug to widen the blood vessels) is inserted into the urethra, using the device shown, to help achieve an erection. Click to view larger image.

Medically reviewed by Michael Wolff, MD; American Board of Urology


Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/27/2014
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