Aetna considers the diagnosis and treatment of erectile dysfunction (ED; impotence) medically necessary according to the criteria outlined below.
In general, PDE5i works successfully in about 65%-70% of all men with erectile dysfunction (impotence). The greater the degree of damage to the normal erection mechanism and severity of the ED, the lower the overall success rate. Men with diabetes and those with spinal cord injury reported between 50%-60% responding successfully to treatment with oral PDE5i medications. The lowest success rate has been in men who developed ED (impotence) after prostate cancer surgery (radical prostatectomy) for more advanced prostate cancer that required removal of both sets of nerves around the prostate. In men who did not have the nerves removed/damage, there is a better chance of response to PDE5 inhibitors. .
You may already know most of the names: Cialis, Levitra, Staxyn, Stendra, Viagra. Learn more about these medications that can help men with erectile dysfunction.
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Erectile dysfunction may have a significant impact on both patients and their relationships. It therefore is important to seek appropriate help and support, both from GPs and from other organisations, such as Relate.
MUSE offers an alternative route for administration of prostaglandin using a small pellet inserted using an applicator into the tip of the urethra (water pipe opening). Once massaged the prostaglandin is released and helps the blood to flow into the penis to gain an erection. Some men experience a mild burning sensation afterwards in the water pipe but this is a good alternative option for men who do not like the idea of using injection therapy.
General good health, particular cardiovascular, is important for sexual function. Three exercises that may be particularly helpful are pelvic floor exercises, aerobic exercise, and anaerobic exercise.
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If you have a neurological disorder or spinal cord injury and other erectile dysfunction treatments aren’t effective, two types of surgical implants could offer solutions to your ED. “An implantable pump can be used to manually create an erection by pumping fluid into cylinders placed inside the penis,” explains Feloney. “The other option is a malleable prosthesis that works like a gooseneck lamp to direct the penis into position for intercourse." Risks for these ED treatments include infection and mechanical breakdown.
Prostate cancer is a malignant tumour in the prostate gland. It is the most common form of cancer in older men. There are various treatment options for localised prostate cancer. Two of the most common ones are radical prostatectomy and radiation therapy. These treatment options can affect sexual health, and men frequently experience erectile dysfunction (ED) after treatment.
Erectile dysfunction is often associated with a number of common medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, nervous system disorders, depression, and the medications used to treat these conditions. Psychologic problems such as anxiety and stress can also affect erectile function.
Following completion of a full interview, physical examination, and laboratory testing, your doctor should be able to determine the general type of dysfunction and the need for any additional testing. Such tests include penile or pelvic blood flow studies, nocturnal penile tumescence testing, penile biothesiometry (nerve testing), and/or more blood tests.
“It’s important that men receive this information. Many men with high blood pressure or heart problems, for example, also suffer from erectile dysfunction. And here’s something they can do about it themselves without needing to go to the psychologist or look at their relationship with their partner, which some men find difficult,” says lead-author Helle Nygaard Gerbild, PhD student from the Research Unit of General Practice, Institute of Public Health at the University of Southern Denmark.
Considering who’s giving you this quiz, we’d hope you already know that the answer isn’t A. Actually, a blood test is one of the first thing a doctor would want from someone complaining of ED. The actual answer is D. There is no call to stick a catheter up you in order to diagnose the problem.
ED doesn’t have to be a part of getting older. As a man ages, he may need more stimulation (stroking and touching) to get an erection. He might also need more time between erections. Older men should still be able to get an erection and enjoy sex. Diabetes (high blood sugar). Hypertension (high blood pressure). Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Stress, anxiety, or depression. Alcohol and tobacco use. Some prescription medicines. This includes antidepressants, pain medicine, and high blood pressure medicine. Fatigue. Brain or spinal cord injuries. Hypogonadism (a condition that leads to low levels of the male hormone, testosterone). Multiple sclerosis. Parkinson’s disease. Radiation therapy to the testicles. Stroke. Some types of prostate or bladder surgery.