Erectile dysfunction is the medical term for what is most commonly called impotence. It means, as you know, that a man is unable to have an erection. Men who suffer from erectile dysfunction might worry not only about the possibility of curing the problem, but also about their ability to have biological children. What are the options for a person with erectile dysfunction who wants to have kids?
- Curing erectile dysfunction by eliminating its cause. You can read more about causes of erectile dysfunction in a previous post we wrote. In some cases, lifestyle changes or medications can cure erectile dysfunction. In cases where the impotence is caused by previous injury or neurological problems, the situation is more complex.
- Erection-enhancing treatments. These include well-known drugs like Viagra, or penile pumps. They are effective for some men, so if you are interested talking to your urologist is the best approach.
- Fertility treatments. These are the last option. Suffering from erectile dysfunction definitely should not lead a man to conclude they he is not producing any sperm. If there is no way to cure impotence either by removing the root cause or through other more temporary treatments, sperm can be extracted directly from the scrotum. It can subsequently be used in intracytoplasmic sperm injection, which is a variation of IVF where one sperm is injected directly into one egg. ICSI is invasive for both men and women and should be used as a last resort.
If you are part of a couple facing this situation, we would advise you to seek guidance from the relevant medical professional as soon as possible. In some cases, you will be relieved to find that curing erectile dysfunction was not that difficult. In more complicated cases, you will be happy you sought help early.