If you have problems getting or keeping an erection, there are lots of options that can help you. Many treatments work by increasing the blood supply to the penis.
The most commonly used treatments are:
- penile rehabilitation
- tablets taken before sex
- injections into your penis
- a pellet or cream you put into the opening of the penis
- vacuum pumps that pull blood into the penis
- sex therapy.
A treatment may not always work the first time you use it. You may need to try several times before you know how well a treatment works for you.
After nerve-sparing surgery, it can take damaged nerves several months to heal. In this situation, if a treatment doesn’t work at first, you may get better results with it a few months later.
It is often worth trying different ED treatments, as some may work better than others. For some people, using a combination of treatments works best. Trying different ED treatments may be frustrating at times, but most men will find what works best for them.
It can take time to get used to some of the treatments for erectile dysfunction. If you have a partner, it’s a good idea to ask them to come to appointments with you. This will help them understand how a treatment is used before you try it at home. Treatments for ED may not feel very sexy to use. And you may worry you will lose the desire when preparing for an erection. Involving your partner can help you overcome any difficulties together. Some couples use the treatments as part of their foreplay. Having sex therapy alongside using these treatments may help you work through changes to your sex life and talk openly with your partner.