Male sexual health depends on both psychological and physical factors.
Decreased libido may be a sign of low testosterone and can, in turn, affect erections. Testosterone replacement can sometimes improve libido and erectile function.
Erectile dysfunction is common as men age. Risk factors include smoking, diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, heart disease, and vascular disease. Minimizing these risk factors may encourage good erections into old age. Additional treatments may include oral pills, vacuum devices, penile injection therapy, and surgical insertion of a penile pump.
The Urology Resource Centre provides counselling, teaching and supplies for men who have persistent erectile dysfunction after trying oral therapies such as Viagra or Cialis. Treatments include vacuum therapy and injections. Vacuum devices create negative pressure in the penis in order to draw in blood and facilitate an erection. Intracavernosal injections are self-administered injections into the penis with a small needle; this method results in reliable erections in the vast majority of men. The proper method and dosing will be taught during a private consultation with the nurse specialist at the Urology Resource Centre.