How is male sexual dysfunction treated?

Many cases of sexual dysfunction can be corrected by treating the mental or physical problems that cause it. Treatments include:

  • Medications – drugs that help improve sexual function by increasing blood flow to the penis. Sildenafil (Viagra®), vardenafil (Levitra®), and tadalafil (Cialis®) are safe and effective for most men.
  • Hormone therapy – low levels of testosterone raised by hormone replacement therapies that include injections, patches, or gels.
  • Psychological therapy – a psychological counselor to help you address feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, or guilt that may affect sexual function.
  • Mechanical aids – vacuum devices and penile implants that can help some men with erectile dysfunction.

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