What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is when a man is unable to get and/or keep an erection that allows sexual activity with penetration. It is not a disease, but a symptom of some other problem, either physical or psychological or a mixture of both.
How common is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is very common and becomes more common as men age. An Australian survey showed that at least one in five men over the age of 40 years has erectile problems and about one in ten men are completely unable to have erections. With each increasing decade of age, the chance of having erectile problems increases.
Doctors will often start your treatment with tablets. There are three tablets approved for use in Australia: Cialis, Levitra and Viagra. These treatments are generally well tolerated and work in the majority of men with mild to moderate ED. Remember that you should always talk to a doctor before commencing medical treatment to assess your individual suitability for taking these tablets or other treatments.
If you have not found oral medications effective, don't give up hope. There are several other effective treatment options that you can discuss with your doctor. These include injections therapy, or the use of external devices such as rings and vacuums.
Some men find that these treatment options are not suitable for them due to medical conditions, lifestyles, personal preference or the treatment option may be ineffective. In this case, a penile implant may be an appropriate option. Your Urologist will assess whether your erection problem is suitable for surgery and discuss details of the operation.