Erectile dysfunction: A review of current medical treatments

Eli Coleman

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Erectile dysfunction (ED) affects large numbers of men, particularly those over the age of 40. As a result, health care providers who address ED in their work should be familiar with the range of treatment options available. This paper reviews the scientific literature on currently available medical treatments for ED: penile implants; vascular surgery; intracavernosal injections; vacuum erection devices; penile support sleeve; intraurethral suppositories; and oral/topical treatments. The effectiveness, advantages and disadvantages of each method are examined. It is recommended that health care providers and their patients with ED begin by exploring the least invasive treatments and consider the more invasive treatment options only if necessary.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)231-244
Number of pages14
JournalCanadian Journal of Human Sexuality
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1998


  • Biomedical treatments
  • Erectile dysfunction


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