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Men’s Sexual Health & Vitality

Scot Ackerman , M.D.

June 11, 2021

Men’s Sexual Health and Vitality: Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction affects over 30 million men in the United States. While 50% of men over the age of 50 experience ED, only 10% of men seek treatment. Many men discontinue treatment because they are uncomfortable discussing sexual health with their doctors.

This June, as we celebrate Men’s Health Month, Ackerman Cancer Center encourages you to discuss the importance of men’s sexual health and vitality. Dr. Scot Ackerman sat down and joined WJXT to talk about men’s sexual health and the importance of talking to a doctor about concerns even if it may be uncomfortable.


Treatment for erectile dysfunctions vary for different people.

  • Lifestyle modifications. Lose weight, exercise regularly, manage your medical conditions, stop smoking, and avoid alcohol and illicit drugs.
  • Counseling. Seek treatment for anxiety, depression, and other mental health concerns. If you’re having relationship difficulties, consider couples counseling.
  • Prescription medications. If needed, your doctor may prescribe oral medications such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra, and Stendra
  • Other medications such as an Alprostadil self-injection, Alprostadil urethral suppository, or testosterone replacement may also be prescribed by your doctor.
  • Physical treatments like a penis pump or penile implants don’t require medications. However, penile implants are generally not considered until other more conservative treatments have failed.

Lastly, discuss your sexual health with your urologist. For more information, click here. 

Click on the link to watch the full Talking Health interview with news anchor Vic Micolucci with WJXT.

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