Can Erectile Dysfunction Be Cured?

Reviewed on 7/27/2021

Erectile dysfunction (ED, impotence) is a condition in which men have trouble getting or maintaining an erection. It is possible to cure or reverse erectile dysfunction, but it depends on the cause. Treatment may include medications, injections, treating the underlying disease causing it, prostheses, surgery, and others.
Erectile dysfunction (ED, impotence) is a condition in which men have trouble getting or maintaining an erection. It is possible to cure or reverse erectile dysfunction, but it depends on the cause. Treatment may include medications, injections, treating the underlying disease causing it, prostheses, surgery, and others.

Erectile dysfunction (also called ED, or impotence) describes a condition in which men cannot acquire or maintain an erection.

Treatment for erectile dysfunction is aimed at enabling a man to achieve and maintain an erection for sexual intercourse. It may be possible to cure or reverse erectile dysfunction, depending on the cause. If erectile dysfunction is the result of an underlying medical condition, treating that condition often reverses the ED

If the cause of erectile dysfunction is from limited blood flow to the penis due to lifestyle habits such as smoking, obesity, or high blood pressure (hypertension), lifestyle modifications to treat and possibly cure ED may include:

  • Weight loss in men who are obese
  • Exercise regularly
  • Eat a healthy, balanced diet 
  • Don’t smoke
  • Limit or avoid alcohol
  • Talk to your doctor about using different medications to treat hypertension and pain
    • Do not stop taking any prescribed medication without first talking to your doctor

For men who have diabetes and erectile dysfunction, pelvic floor exercises may be used to help manage sexual dysfunction.

If erectile dysfunction is caused by depression or anxiety, treatment that may help cure ED includes: 

Medications used to treat erectile dysfunction may include:

  • Phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors 
  • Testosterone replacement therapy 
    • Used when man's testes do not make enough of the hormone testosterone
    • Does not work to improve sexual function in men who produce normal amounts of testosterone

Medical treatments used to treat erectile dysfunction may include:

  • Penile self-injection in which a man injects a medication (alprostadil or papaverine) into the two chambers of the penis that are filled with spongy tissue and blood (corpora cavernosa) to cause an erection by allowing the blood vessels within the penis to expand so the penis swells and stiffens to create a fully rigid erection 
  • Intraurethral alprostadil (MUSE) uses the same medication (alprostadil) as penile self-injection but instead a man inserts a device with an alprostadil pellet (suppository) into the urethra to create an erection
  • Vacuum-assisted erection devices involve placing the penis in a plastic cylinder and creating a vacuum around the penis to increase blood flow into the penis. A rigid ring is placed at the base of the penis to hold the blood inside the penis, keeping it erect. 
  • Penile prostheses are surgically implanted devices that inflate to allow the penis to become erect
  • Revascularization is a surgical procedure used for young men who have experienced pelvic trauma

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction?

Causes of erectile dysfunction include: 

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Reviewed on 7/27/2021
References
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https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/urologic-diseases/erectile-dysfunction/symptoms-causes

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/20522020/