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.