Impotence Medicines and Treatments: FSA Eligibility
What are impotence medicines and treatments?
Impotence medicines and treatments cover a wide variety of options for alleviating the symptoms of erectile dysfunction (impotence). Options include counseling, medications, pumps, and surgery.
Erectile dysfunction, or impotence, is the inability to attain or maintain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Causes can include medications, chronic illnesses, poor blood flow, alcohol overuse and/or sleep deprivation (Mayo Clinic).
What causes impotence?
Diseases that affect the circulatory system can also cause impotence. Diabetes, kidney disease, nerve and brain disorders, and blood vessel diseases can all interfere with the mechanics of obtaining and maintaining an erection. An erection is also known as a penile tumescence. Erections are when the penis becomes firmer, engorged with blood and enlarged. A penis that is not erect is considered flaccid or soft. Erections are the result of parasympathetic nervous system activity that causes vasodilation and allows blood to flow into parts of the penile tissue including the corpora cavernosa and corpora spongiosum. Muscles restricting blood flow out of the penis also contract, and so an erection is achieved (Medical News Today).
Because this process can be affected by a variety of psychological, emotional and physiological factors, which may even subsequently exacerbate each other, there are a variety of impotence medicines and treatments.
What kind of impotence medicines and treatments are there?
Options for treating and medicating impotence that are eligible for reimbursement with a consumer-directed healthcare account include counseling, medication, pumps, and surgery. All of these options require a prescription to treat or alleviate impotence in order to be considered eligible for reimbursement.
How does counseling treat impotence?
Impotence can be caused by stress, both everyday stress as well as stress caused by life-changing events or traumas. Counseling can help a patience with impotence to understand and work through the stress and its symptom of impotence. Because impotence can become a source of stress itself, a counselor can also help address that issue. Usually, multiple counseling sessions are necessary and sufficient to address this. Counseling for impotence might also include a sexual partner.
What about using medication to treat impotence?
Medication is a well-known treatment for impotence. There are several competing brands of pills which can help a patient obtain and maintain an erection. Different varieties of medication will need to be taken minutes or hours before sexual intercourse is anticipated. A medical professional can prescribe the appropriate medication.
What else treats impotence?
Other treatments for impotence include suppositories, injections, and vacuum devices. They should be discussed with a medical professional, and are usually considered quite serious options for treating impotence.
And are there any last options for treating impotence?
Impotence can be treated by surgically implanting a prosthetic implant in the penis which are either malleable (but don't change size) or inflatable to allow for an effectively, though artificially, erect penis. Surgery may also be used to help with vascular reconstruction, a procedure that improves blood floor and/or reduces blood leakage from the penis to surrounding structures when the body is attempting to obtain and maintain an erection.