For men whose erectile dysfunction is caused by obesity, high blood cholesterol (hyperlipidemia) or smoking, Mayo counselors can help with lifestyle modifications that can help erectile dysfunction.
Erection pills such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis are an effective treatment for the majority of men with erectile dysfunction. But a large number of men, including those who have diabetes or who have had pelvic surgery or radiation for prostate, bladder or colorectal cancer, have low response rates to erection pills. Mayo offers many options for these men, including:
- Intraurethral therapy
- Penile injection therapies
- Vacuum erection devices
For some men, vascular stenting, bypass procedures or penile implants may be the best option.
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