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What treatments are available for erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction may be related to other health conditions, such as heart disease and diabetes, so it is important to get the right diagnosis and treatment. However, if you are diagnosed only with erectile dysfunction, there are various treatment options, including lifestyle changes, counselling, medications, self-injecting medicines, vacuum devices and surgical implants.

The treatment you are offered will depend on the underlying cause of your erection problems, your individual circumstances, your personal preferences and the country you live in, as standard practices vary among countries and healthcare authorities.

You should talk to your doctor about your expectations, which options are available to you and the potential benefits, risks and side-effects of each to help you make an informed choice. Try to keep an open mind about treatment options – treatments that work for some people may not work for you.