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Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

The treatment and management of erectile dysfunction involves medications, psychological counseling, lifestyle changes, possibly surgery, and attention to other medical conditions that may be causing dysfunction or affecting your sexual function.

The goal of treatment is to restore normal sexual function whenever possible and to discover alternatives to maintain or enhance the richness of your relationship.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changesMedicationsSurgeryOther treatmentsAlternative and complementary therapies

Revision Information

  • Guay AT, Spark RF, et al. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists medical guidelines for clinical practice for the evaluation and treatment of male sexual dysfunction: a couple’s problem: 2003 update. Endocr Pract. 2003;9:77-95.

  • McMahon CN. Treating erectile dysfunction when PDE5 inhibitors fail. Brit Med J. 2006;332:589-592.

  • Sivalingam S, Hashim H, et al. An overview of the diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction. Drugs. 2006;66:2339-2355.

  • Urology Care Foundation website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org.

  • Webber R. Erectile dysfunction. Clinical Evidence. 2005;13:1120-1127.