I'm considering having a penile implant because I can't get an erection

DEAR DEIDRE: AS I can’t get an erection, I’m thinking of having a penile implant fitted.

I am 53 and this has been affecting me for the past year.

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If I do get an erection, I lose it again, so I can’t have intercourse with my partner.

She’s 43 and is really missing sex.

Don’t tell me that we can kiss and cuddle or have foreplay, because that’s not the same.

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I’ve heard that an implant means you can have an erection whenever you want, which would be brilliant and stop me stressing.

But I’ve never met another man who has had one, so I don’t know if it’s a good idea, or even how I would get one.

DEIDRE SAYS: Penile implants – rods or inflatable devices – aren’t common and are only used as a last resort in extreme cases of physical impotence.

They can cause infections and destroy the internal structure of the penis and the normal erectile mechanism.

That means if they are removed, there’s no other way of having an erection.

There are lots of things you should try first, including medication and/or sex therapy.

Please make an appointment with your GP and see my support pack about erection problems.

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