We get asked this question a lot at Moorgate Andrology!
For most patients, the first line of treatment for erectile dysfunction is an oral medication. This is also true for patients suffering from diabetes and erectile dysfunction.
Of course, other first-line treatments may include vacuum pumps too, but at the GP or Urologist office, you are likely to be discussing prescribed medication to help get your erections back on track.
These medications may be taken alongside the use of a vacuum pump of course.
The most popular medication is perhaps the little “ blue pill” which can now be purchased over the counter. It is taken one hour before sexual activity. This gives many men an erection strong enough for sexual intercourse. The effects of this medication can last up to four hours.
Another popular medication for the treatment of erectile dysfunction in diabetics is tadalafil. This medication is taken on a daily basis irrespective of sexual activity. The advantage of this medication is that it lasts much longer than the previous medication, sildenafil. With tadalafil, you should be able to get an erection strong enough for sexual intercourse when you want one.
For some diabetics, oral medication eventually stops working and other treatment may need to be considered to keep your erections. Other options include injection therapy. These are injections that you give yourself into the penis just before sexual intercourse. When these no longer work then you will have reached the “ end game” of erectile dysfunction and a penile implant may then be the best option to fix the problem.
If you have diabetes and you are noticing that your erections are not as strong as they were, we recommend seeing your general practitioner or a Urologist at Moorgate Andrology, so you can get professional advice and get your erections back on track.