Living / Management
Living with ED (Erectile dysfunction) takes more than a physical toll. The emotional impact the condition can have on a man and his partner can be just as difficult. It is common for men with ED to feel anger, frustration, sadness, or lack confidence. However, the condition can be treated. The first step in addressing your concerns about ED is to be honest with yourself, your partner, and your doctor. Once ED has been brought out into the open, coping with it as you go through treatment will be easier and less stressful. Communication is essential to a successful diagnosis and treatment, as well as, helping your partner understand your feelings.
While you are being treated for ED, it is important to be patient with your progress and keep in mind that everybody is different and that a treatment that might work for one person may not work or be appropriate for you. It is also important to know that the treatment you choose may not work the first time or may not work every time.
For some couples sex therapy may be necessary to help you and your partner cope. It may also help you to hear from some men who have ED and learn about their experiences. Contact your doctor about local support groups in your area to making living with ED manageable.
Finding Your Solution
Erectile dysfunction is complex and can have many interconnected parts. It can be exacerbated by psychological troubles, such as stress at work or home, as well as physical issues.
There is no specific treatment that is guaranteed to work for everyone when it comes to erectile dysfunction. However, there are a lot of good options for men experiencing these problems. Treatments for ED can range from over-the-counter preparations, Testosterone Replacement Therapy and oral prescription medications (i.e. Viagra, Levitra, Cialis and now Staxyn) to Vacuum Erection Devices, Penile Injection Therapy and Penile Implants (inflatable penile prosthetics in a self-contained, fluid-filled system such as the preferred Titan ® Touch by Coloplast).
The best way to find the treatment that is best for you is to talk to a urologist. I would be very happy to discuss the evaluation and best treatment options for your ED. Call 215-563-1199 to schedule a consultation or request an appointment online.