Erectile Dysfunction & ED Treatment Options
Resources for Primary Care Providers
According to the Association of American Medical Colleges, there is a shortage of physicians in the U.S., particularly PCPs.
A new study states that there could be a shortage of 55,200 PCPs by 2032.1
Not only is there a shortage, but there is also an increase in the number of patients over age 65.2
Figure 1. Visit rates, by selected demographics: United States, 2016
Many of these patients are coming in due to chronic
Figure 3. Major reason for office-based physician visit, by age: United States, 2016
80% of adults 65 and older have at least one chronic condition
68% have two or more
These are the most common conditions of adults over the age of 653
Ischemic/Coronary Heart Disease
Many of these chronic conditions are associated with ED
Erectile Dysfunction Etiologies4
*Note that many etiologies are concomitant and will not equal 100%
In 80% of cases, ED Is caused by a physical problem or disorder.5
Up to 50 million men in the U.S. suffer from erectile dysfunction.6
40% of men
by the age of 40 are affected by ED6
It’s common and treatable.
While ED is common, it is not an inevitable part of aging, and in most cases, it can be overcome.7
Why is it important to inquire about ED?
of patients say that ED
negatively impacts their
of patients say that ED
Studies have reported
that exposure to
ED increases the risk
Primary Care Providers are the first line of treatment for ED8
An estimated 69% of patients first consult a GP/PCP for ED treatment.
About half of patients feel negative emotions when first seeking ED treatment with patients reporting feeling ashamed, embarrassed, humiliated, disappointment, and frustrated/angry.
Primary Care Providers have been shown to be the most influential resource for patients seeking ED treatment.
American Urology Association (AUA) recommendations on ED diagnosis10
|Perform a thorough medical, sexual, and psychosocial history; a physical examination; and selective laboratory testing
|Validated questionnaires are recommended to assess the severity of ED, to measure treatment effectiveness, and to guide future management
|Men should be counseled that ED is a risk marker for underlying cardiovascular disease (CVD) and other health conditions that may warrant evaluation and treatment
|Morning serum total testosterone levels should be measured
|For some men with ED, specialized testing and evaluation may be necessary to guide treatment
AUA recommendations for ED treatment options10
Typical patient ED treatment pathways
of patients who try a second
treatment try penile injections13
It is estimated that for 30% of cases, injections fail to work or men experience priapism (erection lasting 4 hours or more)13
When pills and injections no longer work, a penile implant may be an effective solution for your patients’ ED. Some patients may move to it right away.10
Penile implants – an effective ED solution
A penile implant (inflatable and malleable) is a medical device implanted through a surgical procedure that is designed to help a man get an erection. It is completely hidden inside the body.14 Most men return home the same day and are able to resume sexual activity upon his doctor’s clearance, typically between 4-6 weeks.15
- Removes the hassle of timing pills and needles14
- Is a long-term ED solution16
- Puts the man back in control of his body and can be used at any time14
- Restores patient’s spontaneity and confidence14
Penile implants are a long-term ED treatment16 with high patient satisfaction.14
Penile implants are also the most cost-effective ED treatment over a 10-year period.13
Patient satisfaction with the Titan penile implant for erectile dysfunction14
Partner satisfaction with the Titan penile implant for erectile dysfunction17
What can you do?
|Initiate the conversation about ED. Ask questions such as:
|Utilize a diagnostic tool: Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM)18 is an ED quiz filled out by patients that can be a helpful tool in the diagnosis of ED. The SHIM can be uploaded into EMR or added to patient intake form.
|Treat when appropriate.
|Monitor the effectiveness of their other ED therapies like pills. Set a follow-up appointment to determine the effectiveness of treatment.
|When necessary, such as if first line therapies fail, send patients to a specialist for a comprehensive evaluation.
Sending patients to the right specialist
Not all urologists specialize in ED – help your patients get to the right urologist – a urologist who specializes in Men’s Sexual Health and ED
- Conduct a full comprehensive evaluation and diagnostic work up
- Develop a treatment pathway
- Assess ongoing effectiveness of prescribed treatment (all other care remains with primary providers)
- Provide a written follow up communication to patient’s primary physician
To find a specialist for your ED patients near you, click here.