Skip to content

    Erectile Dysfunction Health Center

    Select An Article

    Understanding Erectile Dysfunction -- Diagnosis and Treatment

    Font Size

    Penile Implants

    While they don’t fix ED long-term, some men choose them. The simplest is a semi-rigid type that creates a permanent erection.

    More expensive versions use a pump placed under the skin of your scrotum.

    Implants can work. But there is a risk of infection or that the device will fail over time.

    Treating Psychological Causes

    If your ED is psychological, think about what’s causing stress or tension in your life. A trained therapist can help you figure out what’s going on.

    Alternative Therapies

    There are other treatments you can explore:

    This ancient Chinese practice involves placing very fine needles at certain spots on your body.

    It’s thought to boost your body's ability to heal itself. It has helped some men. But more research is needed to prove it really works.

    Some scents, like lemon, may help improve your mood. And that may put you in the mood.

    Herbs and Supplements
    There's little to show that herbs help. If you do try them or supplements, tell your doctor and proceed with caution. Some of the more popular choices include:

    • Ginkgo: It can thin your blood. But there’s no proof it helps you get an erection.
    • Ginseng and saw palmetto: Their claims regarding ED have yet to be proven.
    • Arginine : This amino acid is being studied and shows promise. But more research is needed.
    • Yohimbine: This herb can have serious side effects and is illegal in the U.S.

    Herbs can make your medications not work as they should. Talk to your doctor before you start any herbal treatment.

    Therapies to Avoid

    These can do more harm than good.

    • Cell therapy: Doctors transfer cells from a pig's gonads into humans. It’s unlikely to work. It’s also very costly. Plus it’s illegal in the U.S.
    • Chelation therapy: This chemical purge is believed to improve circulation. There’s no proof it works.
    • Magnetic field therapy: There’s nothing to show that magnets cure ED.

    Can I Use Insurance?

    Some insurance policies cover ED treatment if it’s medically necessary. Check with your insurance provider.

    WebMD Medical Reference

    Reviewed by David T. Derrer, MD on October 26, 2015
    1 | 2
    Next Article:

    Today on WebMD

    handsome midadult man
    11 tips to protect your erection.
    man and woman on beach
    How much do you know about ED?
    stress in bed
    Things that can deflate erections.
    senior couple hugging
    How medications work.
    concerned man
    stress in bed
    Life Cycle of a Penis
    Mens Body Problem
    bored man
    Lamm Erections Over Life
    Food Men 10 Foods Boost Male Health
    senior couple hugging

    WebMD Special Sections