In some cases, treating impotence only requires lifestyle changes (such as losing weight) and/or counseling. In other cases, treatment may require medications, a vacuum device, implanted devices, or even surgery. The type of treatment recommended will depend on the specific cause of the erectile dysfunction.
Your doctor can offer a number of impotence treatments to help with erection problems (also known as erectile dysfunction, or ED). You may want to talk with your partner about which treatment fits you best as a couple. Most people want the simplest treatment possible. You may need to try a number of treatments before you find the one that works best for you.
Some treatment options for impotence include:
- Lifestyle changes
- Oral medication
- Injections and pellets
- Vacuum devices
- Penile implants
- Artery reconstruction or vein blockage surgery
For some men, the only impotence treatment needed is to make a few lifestyle changes. Getting more exercise, quitting smoking, losing weight, and cutting back on alcohol can solve some erection problems.
Even though most cases of impotence have a physical cause, counseling can help couples deal with the emotional effects of impotence. Some couples find that counseling enhances the effects of other forms of impotence treatment by making their relationship stronger.