Sexual Health Q&A
What does a penile rehabilitation program (PRP) involve?
Penile rehabilitation programs vary from clinic to clinic and patient to patient, but some of the more common strategies include the following:
- Oral medications. Phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors, such as Viagra®, Levitra®, and Cialis®, improve blood flow to the penis and help keep erectile tissue healthy.
- Penile Injections. The patient is trained to inject medication into his penis to prompt an erection.
- Suppositories (MUSE). Pellets of medicine are inserted into the urethra, the tube that allows urine and semen to exit the body.
- Vacuum erection devices. A clear plastic cylinder is placed over the penis. The man then uses a pump to draw out the air, creating a vacuum. This leads to an erection.
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