Erectile dysfunction therapy in countries where implant is economically not feasible
Erectile dysfunction (ED), a frequent complaint in the primary care setting, is strongly associated with obesity, cigarette smoking and other common cardiovascular risk factors like hypertension, diabetes mellitus (DM), lipid disorders and the metabolic syndrome. The prevalence of these cardiovascular disorders is rising at staggering rates in most Latin American countries. ED is a symptom that mainly affects economically productive men (40–70 years of age) potentially causing major psychosocial repercussions and reduced quality of life. The management of ED in these developing countries is increasingly challenging due to poor patient education and non-adherence to the medical treatment of theses concomitant comorbidities. The financial implications of commonly prescribed medications and surgical procedures limit their use to a minority of patients. For this reason, the clinician must adopt a holistic approach in the management of this disease focusing on preventive measures based on patient education and non-surgical interventions. This review summarizes common associated risk factors of ED and outlines non-pharmacological interventions for the management of this disease.