The treatment of ED has been revolutionized in recent years by the introduction of oral prescription erectile dysfunction treatments-namely Viagra, Cialis and Levitra.
Cialis (tadalafil): available in 10mg and 20mg strengths.
Levitra (vardenafil): available in 5mg, 10mg and 20mg strengths.
Viagra (sildenafil) available in 25mg, 50mg and 100mg strengths.
These treatments for erectile dysfunction are all very similar as they contain the same active ingredient but they do retain some distinct individual properties. Their main differences lie in their absorption times and duration of effectiveness. There has also been a reported difference in the side effects the ED treatments have, though it is impossible to detect who will most likely suffer from them.
Oral prescription drugs are the easiest and less invasive method of treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, in rare cases, they can prove ineffectual. If this happens, there are other options available.
You or your partner will be taught by a nurse or doctor to inject a drug directly into the shaft of the penis when you want an erection. An erection usually follows within 15 minutes. The procedure is easy to learn.
This involves taking a small pellet of a drug, about half the size of a grain of rice, via the urethra (the tube through which urine is passed) using a special disposable applicator. The drug is absorbed through the urethra directly into the erectile tissue of the penis, giving an erection within five to ten minutes.
A device involving a plastic cylinder and pump is used to make blood rush to your penis, enlarging it in a similar way to an erection. When you remove the pump, the erection is sustained by slipping a tension ring around the base of the penis.
Only a small proportion of cases of erectile dysfunction are caused by hormone abnormalities. The most frequent hormone abnormality is a reduced level of the male sex hormone testosterone which can be restored by appropriate hormone replacement. It's unwise to take testosterone preparations unless you've had tests that confirm a deficiency.
You shouldn't consider a prosthesis (implant) until other forms of treatment have been tried. There are two types of implant. The semi-rigid type keeps the penis rigid all the time but lets you bend it downwards when you're not having sex. The hydraulic type is more sophisticated and causes the penis to stiffen when a pump (implanted in the scrotum) is activated.
A few cases of impotence are caused by abnormalities in blood flow in and out of the penis and can be treated with surgery.
When psychological factors or relationship problems are considered to be the cause of your impotence, a course of sex therapy or couples therapy might be recommended. Therapy's very useful in helping you to re-establish a sexual relationship with your partner when there's been a long period without sex.
To find out more about these erectile dysfunction treatments, please view our information pages for Viagra, Cialis and Levitra. For help choosing which treatment is best suited to your needs, please visit our erectile dysfunction treatments comparison page.
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