Common Causes

  • Diabetes
  • Cardiovascular problems
  • Trauma or surgery
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Medications
  • Hormone problems

Treatment Options

There are a variety of different treatment alternatives, ranging from medications to surgery. Dr. Henry will discuss options that may be appropriate for you, along with the risks and benefits associated with each treatment.

Drug therapy is usually a first-line treatment for most men experiencing ED. However, it is not effective for approximately 30% of men. A penile prosthesis may offer a permanent, more satisfying option.

  • Oral Medications – There are a number of prescription medications available that may improve blood flow to the penis. Combined with sexual stimulation, this can produce an erection.
  • Vacuum Erection Devices – A plastic cylinder is placed over the penis, and a pump (either manual or battery operated) creates a vacuum suction within the cylinder, drawing blood into the penis to create an erection. A stretchable tension band placed at the base of the penis can help maintain the erection.
  • Injections – With injection therapy, a small needle is used to inject medication directly into the penis, which allows blood to flow to the penis, creating an erection.
  • Intraurethral Suppositories – Another option is a suppository that contains medication. A small pellet (suppository) is inserted into the urethra.
  • Penile Prostheses – In use for more than 30 years, penile prostheses may provide an effective surgical option for men who are unsatisfied with the results they received from other treatment options.