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Help for ED

It is important to talk to your doctor about ED. Or, find a doctor in this list of urologists.

Embarrassed? Click here for useful tips on talking about ED with a doctor.

Sildenafil, tadalafil and vardenafil are oral medications, which means they come in a tablet form to be swallowed. They contain active ingredients that target problems with the physical mechanisms that help men achieve hard sustainable erection.

There is no need for surgery or injections.

These three medicine are known as PDE5 inhibitors, but they don’t suit all health profiles.

ED and men with heart disease, high blood pressure and/or high cholesterol.

It is imperative that you talk to your doctor first about your health condition.

ED and lifestyle changes

Exercise, together with a balanced and healthy diet – even weight loss and cutting down on fatty foods with high cholesterol could all benefit men with ED.

Stopping smoking and/or cutting back or ceasing to drink alcohol may help.

Monitor your cholesterol and blood pressure.

ED and Diabetics

Are you a diabetic? Have you recently been diagnosed or warned about developing diabetes?

If you are seeking treatment for diabetes, you should also know that your sex life need not suffer because of diabetes.

ED in people with diabetes is treatable. However it is important you see your doctor first before using any medication or methods to help ED.

ED and Prostate health

Problems like prostate cancer or benign enlarged prostate, also called benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) can cause ED, but these problems don’t mean the end of a healthy sex life.

One study showed that 72% of men with symptoms of BPH also had ED.

ED and Spinal Injury

Injury to the spine can affect almost every function in the body including a man’s ability to get an erection.

ED and Depression

Depression over a period of time cans also trigger ED. It’s important that a person with depression seek help from a doctor.

Treating ED can help symptoms of depression.


There are also other treatment procedures for ED available.

It is important you consult a doctor before trying any ED treatment.

Intracavernosal injections may help some men induce and maintain an erection (see diagram).

The medication is injected directly into the tissue inside the penis, the cavernosa.

It works within minutes.

Injections may be associated with pain/infection.

Intraurethral medications may also provide an erection to men with ED within minutes.

The medication is inserted into the urethra, the tube like structure through which men urinate and ejaculate.

May be associated with pain, discomfort or infection.

A vacuum device is another option for treating men with ED.

These devices create a vacuum around the penis drawing blood into it and causing it to engorge and expand.

May be associated with discomfort.

Is not convenient like other treatments.

Some ED sufferers might be suitable for surgery to treat their problem.

Prostheses are inserted surgically into the penis to help with stiffness during erections.

Patients need a recovery period.

The procedure may be associated with pain, discomfort and infection.