Erectile dysfunction is a common problem for men, especially as they age. Medicare covers some treatments for erectile dysfunction, but not all. Keep reading to discover what your Medicare coverage options are for oral medications, injections, vacuum devices, and surgery.
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. It can happen at any age, but it is more common in men over the age of 40.
What causes erectile dysfunction?
There are many possible causes of erectile dysfunction, including physical and psychological problems.
Physical causes can include:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
- Drug abuse
Psychological causes can include:
- Relationship problems
What options are available for erectile dysfunction treatment?
Erectile dysfunction is a common condition that affects men of all ages. While it can be a embarrassing topic to discuss, it is important to know that there are treatments available. These include:
- Oral medications: These are typically the first line of treatment for erectile dysfunction. Oral medications such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra all work to improve blood flow to the penis, making it easier to achieve and maintain an erection.
- Injections: If oral medications are not effective, injections can be an option. Injections into the penis can help to increase blood flow and produce an erection.
- Vacuum devices: This treatment option involves using a machine to create a vacuum around the penis. This vacuum helps to draw blood into the penis, resulting in an erection.
- Surgery: In some cases, surgery may be necessary to treat erectile dysfunction. Surgery is typically only recommended if other treatment options have not been effective.
If you think you may have erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor. They can help to determine the cause of your erectile dysfunction and recommend the best treatment option for you.
What are the Costs of Erectile Dysfunction Treatment?
The costs of erectile dysfunction treatment can vary depending on the cause of the problem and the type of treatment being used. In some cases, treatment may be covered by Medicare.
For example, if the cause of erectile dysfunction is a medical condition such as diabetes or heart disease, treatment may be covered by Medicare. If the cause is psychological, such as anxiety or depression, treatment may not be covered.
It is important to talk to your doctor about the costs of treatment before starting any new medication or therapy.
Is Erectile Dysfunction covered by Medicare?
Original Medicare (Part A and Part B) does not cover erectile dysfunction treatments. Medicare Coverage for Erectile Dysfunction is obtainable through some Medicare Advantage Plans and Medicare Part D plans. Coverage for erectile dysfunction treatment including oral medications such as Viagra, Cialis, Levitra and the generic drug version Sildenafil.
If you’re interested in pursuing treatment for erectile dysfunction, talk to your doctor. They can help you understand your options and figure out if Medicare coverage is available.
It’s also advisable to speak a Senior Healthcare Solutions Medicare agent to see if a Medicare Advantage or Medicare Supplement Insurance plan is right for you, and what the costs would be. Call 866-MEDIGAP today (866-633-4427).