Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is not an uncommon problem for men, particularly middle-aged and older men who are more likely to have certain medical conditions that are frequently related to ED. About 15 to 30 million American men have ED, which can affect men of all ages, though it is not diagnosed in younger men as often. If you are struggling with erectile dysfunction, you can restore your sexual performance and begin to feel more like yourself with the modern treatment options available for this condition. Men’s Clinics of America is able to offer the care you need to discover the best treatment for your needs with same-day appointments available at our Houston practice.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

There is almost always a physical cause behind erectile dysfunction. Conditions related to ED include diabetes, hypertension, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, sleep disorders, and heart disease. Use of certain prescription medications, alcohol, or tobacco may also contribute to ED. Therefore, your physician may ask a series of questions about your daily habits and assess your health history while diagnosing ED and designing an appropriate treatment plan. There is also a psychological component of ED in many cases, since erectile dysfunction can cause feelings of insecurity or uncertainty that worsen the problem initially caused by physical factors.

Possible Treatment Options

Medication is often recommended for the treatment of ED, though there are several different medications available, and a number of factors will determine which is best for each patient. Below, you can get a closer look at the use of drug therapy in ED treatment along with some other treatment options that may be necessary in certain cases.

  • Drug therapy – Prescription drugs such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis are all commonly prescribed for ED, but it is important to provide a list of other current medications before use, since nitrate-based drugs can cause negative interactions resulting in a sudden drop in blood pressure. Other health factors may be used to determine whether medications that improve response to sexual stimulation or those that trigger an automatic response are most appropriate.
  • Injectable therapy – Patients with ED may also consider injectable therapy. TriMix, a mixture of three drugs—alprostadil, papaverine, and phentolamine—is administered according to a patient’s specific needs, as determined by a physician. It is available by prescription only and must be compounded at a pharmacy.
  • Psychotherapy – For some men, psychotherapy can assist in the continued recovery from ED, since therapy will address the mental factors that contribute to this condition.

Men’s Clinics of America can provide immediate care for ED with a caring team of men’s health specialists led by our board-certified physician. To schedule an appointment where you can discuss your sexual health, call (713) 588-1425 for our Houston office.

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