7 Ways to Treat Erectile Dysfunction

Treatment for men unable to have an erection took a great leap forward when the first oral erectile dysfunction (ED) medication, Viagra (sildenafil), was introduced in 1998. But there have been strides recently in a range of other ED treatments too, ranging from over-the-counter pumps to surgical implants and suppositories.

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3. Suppositories

For guys who prefer not to inject themselves or have a fear of needles, a suppository called MUSE—containing the drug alprostadil—is also available, though it is not considered as effective as the shots. "The injection is a direct delivery of medication to the penis, while the suppository is inserted into the urethra and when it is absorbed, it loses some of its strength," says Ridwan Shabsigh, MD, director of the division of urology at Maimonides Medical Center and professor of clinical urology at Columbia University in New York City.

Both methods have the same primary complaint: Men using injections or MUSE often say they take away from the spontaneity of sex because it takes time to prepare and administer the medications.

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