Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Treatments

There are a variety of medical treatments that can be used to treat erectile dysfunction (impotence). Prescription treatments to help treat impotence include:

–  Sidenafil (Viagra)
–  Tadalafil (Cialis)
–  Vardenafil (Staxyn, Levitra)
–  Alprostadil (Caverject Penile injection)
–  Testosterone replacement

Treatments can work very well for men with ED, however they can also be a ‘Band-Aid solution’ by not addressing the larger problem that underlies ED, usually other problematic areas of the person’s sexual confidence performance will be effected.  It is important to be aware that the use of ED treatments can also become psychologically addictive, where a man will believe that they cannot perform without them. Also the use of amyl-nitrate (poppers, etc.) and ED medication together is extremely dangerous and can lead to the onset of severe cardiovascular conditions.

Natural Remedies: For those who want to avoid prescription medication, there are a variety of natural remedies known to help treat ED. Some natural or alternative remedies for ED include:

–  Acupuncture
–  Ginseng
–  Pomegranate juice

Before you use any natural remedies, make sure that you consult your doctor first.

Other more environmental-type conditions can also be causes where treatment requires a change of behaviour.  Environmental causes include:

–  Alcohol
–  Smoking,
–  Other substance abuse

Non-medication type treatments include:

–  Blood vessel surgery
–  Psychological counselling

A majority of causes of ED can be Psychological and through the use of counselling, and/or the use of the treatments mentioned above, Ed can be managed.  However, treatment can become more complicated when ED is related to Physical conditions such as:

–  General aging
–  Diabetes
–  Multiple sclerosis (MS)
–  Prostate disease
–  High blood pressure
–  Under-active thyroid gland (hypothyroidism)
–  Cardiovascular disease
–  Obesity
–  Parkinson’s disease
–  Peyronie’s disease (scar tissue inside the penis)
–  Spinal cord injuries
–  Surgery that affects the pelvic area or spinal cord
–  Sleep disorders
–  Medications (E.g. Anti-depressants)

In the cases where ED is related to more serious medical conditions, Dave Wells can support the work of General Practitioners and specialists by providing referral options and supporting the person with the Psychological journey of the sexual impacts of their condition.