Sydney Counselling, Relationship Counselling, Sex Therapy

Erectile Dysfunction Treatment

Impotence, or erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common disorder and afflicts as much as 10 percent of the male population. Some studies have indicated that nearly 50 percent of men above the age of 40 are afflicted by this disorder. To be more specific, impotence is a total loss of erectile function whereas erectile dysfunction is partial loss of erectile functioning. Please see our page on Impotence for more information.

Some experts in sexology believe that leading a healthy lifestyle can help reduce the risk of ED. This includes exercise, a low cholesterol diet, low alcohol consumption and no smoking.

There are seven treatments that may be implemented to treat ED. These are:

  • Pharmacological – This takes the form of tablets such as Viagra®, Cialis® and Levitra® and can only be prescribed by a medical practitioner. Avoid ordering these medications over the internet as their integrity may be compromised and unforseen side effects may occur.
  • Mechanical/External Devices – such as vacuum pumps that suck blood into the penis causing it to enlarge. Instructions as to the proper use of a vacuum pump should be followed to gain the maximum effect.
  • Injection treatments – these work by injecting a drug directly into the penis causing an erection within five or ten minutes and lasting about 30 to 60 minutes.
  • Penile Prosthesis – these devices are surgically implanted into the penis and operated by squeezing on a particular part of the device.
  • Vascular Surgery – generally applies to a small number of men with particular physiology and requires careful and thorough assessment.
  • Herbal Products – there is little supporting evidence of herbal remedies for ED. Herbal remedies may help with anxiety issues which may then link to improved sexual performance, however research seems to limited in this area.
  • Psychological – ED may be the result of emotional issues in a relationship, sexual attitudes and upbringing, employment issues, financial issues, depression and psychiatric disorders. Addressing these issues can improve sexual performance if there is no physical reason for ED.

If erectile dysfunction is affecting your relationship then contact Sydney Counselling and Life Coaching. We can help you work through the process of determining which treatment may be most effective for you and help with psychological therapy to deal with this dysfunction.