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Erectile Dysfunction: Erectile Aids and Other TreatmentsDisfunci³n er©ctil: Ayudas para la erecci³n y otros tratamientos

Erectile Dysfunction: Erectile Aids and Other Treatments

If you have erectile dysfunction (ED), treatment can help. Certain treatments work directly on the penis. Talk to your doctor about the pros and cons of each. And be sure to learn the correct technique.

Vacuum Pump

  • You slip a tube over the penis. A simple pump then creates a vacuum that pulls blood into the penis. This causes an erection. You then put a tension ring around the base of the penis to hold in the blood. You then remove the tube. The tension ring must not stay on for more than 30 minutes.

  • Risks and complications may include pain in the penis or scrotum. The penis may also feel cool or change color during the erection.

Tension Ring

  • A tension ring is usually used along with another type of treatment. Once enough blood has flowed into the penis to cause an erection, the tension ring will keep the blood from flowing out again. This maintains the erection. The ring must not stay on for more than 30 minutes. A tension ring is also called a constriction ring or venous flow controller.

  • Risks and complications may include pinched, bruised, or irritated skin. If you have an allergic reaction to latex rings, try a silicone ring.

Self-Injections

  • You inject a special drug into the penis. The drug relaxes blood vessels so they can fill with blood. Within about 10 minutes, the penis can become rigid enough for sexual intercourse. A tension ring is not needed to maintain the erection. Your doctor can explain the injection process to you.

  • Risks and complications may include pain, bleeding, bruising, or scarring. Get medical help right away if you have an erection that lasts for longer than 4 hours.

Transurethral Medication

  • You insert the end of a small applicator into the urethra to place a tiny, soft medication pellet. The medication is absorbed into the penis. The drugs relax blood vessels so they can fill with blood. Within about 10 minutes, the penis can become rigid enough for sexual intercourse. To keep the erection, you may need to use a tension ring.

  • Risks and complications may include pain and irritation of the urethra. Get medical help right away if you have an erection that lasts for longer than 4 hours.

A vacuum pump draws blood into the penis, causing an erection.

A tension ring keeps blood from flowing out of the erect penis.
   

Medication injected into the side of the penis causes an erection.

A medicated pellet put into the urethra causes an erection.

Date Last Reviewed: 2007-11-12T00:00:00-07:00

Date Last Modified: 2007-11-12T00:00:00-07:00

  

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