Treatment Options

There are many treatment solutions for ED including oral medications, injections, hormone replacement therapy, vacuum therapy, and implants. Your healthcare provider will prescribe a treatment plan based on your situation and menMD will provide treatment progress updates and data driven recommendations to ensure your continuous treatment success.

  • Treatments

  • +Pros

  • oCons

  • PDE5 Inhibitors (oral medications)

    • +Oral
    • +Easy to take
    • +Relatively inexpensive
    • +Non-invasive
    • o 30%-35% of men don’t respond
    • o Cannot take if on nitrates or if you have advanced cardiovascular disease
    • o 17% loss of efficacy leads to discontinuation
  • Intraurethral
    Gels

    • +Few side effects
    • o Requires training to administer
    • o Can cause pain when inserted
    • o Only 43%-60% effective
  • Injectables

    • +Few side effects
    • +Up to 90% effective
    • o Injection
    • o Can cause priapism and penile pain
  • Testosterone

    • +Topical and patch formulations are easy to administer
    • o Only effective in men with hypogonadism
    • o 30%-35% of men don’t respond<
  • Vacuum
    Devices

    • +No systemic side effects
    • +Very inexpensive
    • +70%-94% effective
    • o Unnatural erection
    • o Can cause pain, numbness, and bruising
    • o Can cause trapped ejeculation
  • Implants

    • +Highly effective
    • o Requires surgery and anesthesia
    • o Irreversible
    • o Unnatural erection
    • o Eventually requires replacement
  • Herbals

    • +All natural (plant derived)
    • +No Rx required
    • o Not as effective
    • o Unregulated

Treatment Options

There are many treatment solutions for ED including oral medications, injections, hormone replacement therapy, vacuum therapy, and implants. Your healthcare provider will prescribe a treatment plan based on your situation and menMD will provide treatment progress updates and data driven recommendations to ensure your continuous treatment success.

  • Treatments

  • +Pros

    oCons

  • PDE5 Inhibitors (oral medications)

    • +Oral
    • +Easy to take
    • +Relatively inexpensive
    • +Non-invasive
    • o 30%-35% of men don’t respond
    • o Cannot take if on nitrates or if you have advanced cardiovascular disease
    • o 17% loss of efficacy leads to discontinuation
  • Intraurethral
    Gels

    • +Few side effects
    • o Requires training to administer
    • o Can cause pain when inserted
    • o Only 43%-60% effective
  • Injectables

    • +Few side effects
    • +Up to 90% effective
    • o Injection
    • o Can cause priapism and penile pain
  • Testosterone

    • +Topical and patch formulations are easy to administer
    • o Only effective in men with hypogonadism
    • o 30%-35% of men don’t respond<
  • Vacuum
    Devices

    • +No systemic side effects
    • +Very inexpensive
    • +70%-94% effective
    • o Unnatural erection
    • o Can cause pain, numbness, and bruising
    • o Can cause trapped ejeculation
  • Implants

    • +Highly effective
    • o Requires surgery and anesthesia
    • o Irreversible
    • o Unnatural erection
    • o Eventually requires replacement
  • Herbals

    • +All natural (plant derived)
    • +No Rx required
    • o Not as effective
    • o Unregulated