Treatment Guideline Chart

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to attain and maintain an erection enough to have satisfactory sexual performance.

It is when the patient complains of partial erection that could not attain vaginal penetration.

Complete loss of penile rigidity is uncommon.

Initial penile erections can penetrate but early detumescence occurs without ejaculation.

Erectile%20dysfunction Patient Education

Patient Education

Patient and Partner Education

  • Some men may only need reassurance that decline in sexual function is due to aging, medication, or chronic illnesses and is not necessarily a sign of serious illness
    • They may refuse treatment
  • Education and reassurance may help in preventing further erectile failure due to the above causes
  • Discuss with patient and partner (if possible) the important treatment options and their associated risks and benefits
  • Cultural, religious, and economic factors should be taken into consideration
  • The choice of treatment should be decided together by physician, patient, and partner

Lifestyle Modification

  • Modifying possible risk factors may be helpful
    • Resolving partner relationship issues
    • Smoking cessation
    • Reduce alcohol/drug abuse
    • Regular exercise and weight management
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