Remember that there are other options to help with your erectile dysfunction including:
Lifestyle changes and exercise – there is evidence that stopping smoking and reducing your alcohol intake can improve ED, as well as losing weight if you are overweight. Regular moderate exercise can also help.
Reviewing your medication – some medications can contribute to ED and changing these if possible may help (always talk to your doctor before making any changes).
Talking to a psychologist – as well as physical causes you may find that ED can be due to stress or mental health problems such as depression, and counselling can help with both.
Herbal remedies – no herbal remedies are convincingly proven to help with ED. If you do decide to you try a herbal remedy that is advertised to treat ED speak to your doctor first to ensure this is safe for you.
Medication – PED5 inhibitors are the first treatment your doctor is likely to suggest for treating your ED symptoms. Though if these don’t help and you have tried the above suggestions, other medications are available after seeing a specialist which can be injected directly into the penis.
Surgery – if you are seeing a specialist about your ED and have not found any other treatments helpful, or if you have had damage to your genitals e.g. after prostate surgery, it may be suggested that you try a penis implant for which you would need surgery.
If you get an assessment from a doctor, they are likely to recommend trying medication called a PDE5 inhibitor for your erectile dysfunction if this is suitable for you. Medications you can choose from include:
As long as a doctor agrees they are right for you, you can try these medications for your erection problems. Some are proven to help up to 84% of people with erectile dysfunction and you can get them from a local pharmacy with a prescription.