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The treatment and management of erectile dysfunction involves medications, psychological counseling, lifestyle changes, possibly surgery, and attention to other medical conditions that may be causing dysfunction or affecting your sexual function.

The goal of treatment is to restore normal sexual function whenever possible and to discover alternatives to maintain or enhance the richness of your relationship.

Treatment involves the following:

Lifestyle changes
Medications
Surgery
Other treatments
Alternative and complementary therapies

References:

Guay AT, Spark RF, et al. American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists medical guidelines for clinical practice for the evaluation and treatment of male sexual dysfunction: a couple’s problem: 2003 update. Endocr Pract. 2003;9:77-95.

McMahon CN. Treating erectile dysfunction when PDE5 inhibitors fail. Brit Med J. 2006;332:589-592.

Sivalingam S, Hashim H, et al. An overview of the diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction. Drugs. 2006;66:2339-2355.

Urology Care Foundation website. Available at: http://www.urologyhealth.org.

Webber R. Erectile dysfunction. Clinical Evidence. 2005;13:1120-1127.



Last reviewed September 2013 by Adrienne Carmack, MD

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition.

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