A common condition affecting about one of every three men between the ages of 40 and 60 is erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to achieve or sustain an erection during sexual intercourse.
While oral medications have been used to treat ED, namely Viagra® and Cialis®, they are temporary solutions, have possible side effects, and are not appropriate for men who take certain medications for other conditions.
The primary cause of ED—insufficient blood supply to the penis—is now being addressed by several new long-lasting sexual dysfunction treatments. Blood supply to the vital organs diminishes with age, and the penis needs a supply of blood to keep it erect. Other reasons for inadequate sexual performance—including enlarged prostate, prostate cancer, surgical after-effects, medical conditions such as diabetes, and effects of medications—are also addressed by these new treatments.