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Although erectile dysfunction is more common in older and elderly men, it should not be considered a normal part of aging. Erectile dysfunction can often be treated successfully in men of all ages.
The first step in treating the development of erectile dysfunction is prevention early in life. Prevention measures include getting regular medical care so that disease that can cause erectile dysfunction, such as diabetes and atherosclerosis, are diagnosed and treated promptly before problems achieving erections occur can develop. Prevention also includes not smoking, eating a well balanced diet, and maintaining a healthy weight.
Treatment of erectile dysfunction varies depending on the specific cause of the condition, a patient's goals, and the individual case. It is vital that all underlying conditions, such as diabetes and atherosclerosis, are diagnosed and effectively managed.
Treatment may also include medications, such as Viagra (sildenafil citrate). Viagra can have serious side effects, such as hypotension. It is not appropriate for everyone and should only be used when prescribed by your own licensed health care practitioner.
Hormone medication may be used for men who have a testosterone deficiency causing their erectile dysfunction, and other hormone treatments are available to help increase blood flow to the penis.
There are also vacuum devices that can be used externally to help to increase blood flow to the penis. Inflatable penis implants that are surgically placed in the penis allow a man to achieve erections. This invasive procedure is generally only recommended when other less-invasive options have failed.
Other treatments may include psychotherapy and sex therapy to help address underlying psychological issues, help a couple to better cope with the condition, and to teach couples how to engage in more effective sexual intercourse.
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More causes: not all possible causes for Erectile dysfunction are listed above; for a full list refer to causes of Erectile dysfunction.
Only your doctor can advise whether any of these treatments are appropriate for your specific medical situation. Always discuss all treatment options with your doctor before making a decision, including whether to start or discontinue any treatment plan.
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