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What is an alternative treatment for Erectile Dysfunction?

There are many alternative treatments that may be used to treat erectile dysfunction, although their effectiveness hasn't been proven. Men may benefit from acupuncture to reduce stress and help treat erectile dysfunction. Some people claim that herbal supplements such as Korean red ginseng, ginkgo, and yohimbine may be helpful for treating erectile dysfunction. Other helpful supplements for treating erectile dysfunction may include DHEA (a hormone in testosterone) and L-arginine. However, it's important to remember that these and other supplements may actually contain harmful substances, so talk with your doctor before taking supplements for treating erectile dysfunction.

Dr. Jack Merendino, MD
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There are other treatment options for erectile dysfunction (ED). Alprostadil is a medication that improves blood flow to the penis and improves erections. It can be given either by injection (Caverject and other brands) at the base of the penis or by putting an alprostadil gel (brand name MUSE) directly into the urethra, using a thin tube and a little lubricant so it slides in easily. The medicine is absorbed from the lining of the urethra into the surrounding tissues. The shot is less appealing to most people, of course, but more effective.

Vacuum devices can also be used to treat ED. A gentle vacuum pulls blood into the penis, and then a rubber band -- type device placed at the base of the penis prevents the blood from flowing out. If other options are not successful, a penile implant can be placed surgically.

And we shouldn't forget that intercourse with an erect penis isn't the only form of sexual intimacy. Some couples dealing with erectile dysfunction find that they can have a rich sex life even without full erections. A sex therapist or counselor can often be of help here.
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Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be treated by urologists or other specialists or even by your general practitioner. Your doctor may recommend medication that works by relaxing penis muscles and increasing blood flow into the penis. ...

Other treatments include therapy, implants, surgery and lifestyle changes, like exercising regularly, losing weight and eating right.
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