Erectile dysfunction (ED) is one of the many sexual health problems we here at the private Broadgate GP clinc help people with here at our walk in sexual health clinic London Wall.
Erectile dysfunction (also sometime known to as impotence) is a condition that relates to a male’s inability to get and maintain an erection. The condition compromises participating in sexual activity and brings strain and stress into many relationships. In some men It can also cause loss of self-confidence and self esteem.
The incidence rate of erectile dysfunction
ED a very common problem, and according to information published on the NHS website, approximately 50% of all males between the ages of 40 and 70m will suffer from it at some stage in their lives. The likelihood of experiencing erectile dysfunction increases with age. 7 out of 10 men aged over 70 become victims. The degree of dysfunction varies, from the penis not getting hard enough to facilitate intercourse, to a total non-ability to swell.
In the majority of cases erectile dysfunction (ED) is caused by a build up of fatty deposits (the medical term for which is atheroma) in the penis’s arteries. It is a similar problem to the build-up of fatty deposits in the heart’s arteries, and if it is a persistent condition, you should either go and see your family doctor, or, if you live and/or work in London, you can avail yourself of the sexual health advice that we here at Broadgate GP offer at our private walk in sexual health clinic London Wall.
The most common cause of erectile dysfunction
If your ED is caused by atheroma, it is likely that is will also affect the arteries of your heart (causing heart disease), and the blood vessels to the brain, increasing the likelihood of experiencing a stroke. The doctor you see here at Broadgate private walkin clinic London will in all probability recommend certain lifestyle changes which might include:
- Losing weight if you are overweight
- Modifying your diet to eliminate or minimise fat
- Stopping smoking
- Reducing or eliminating alcohol consumption
- Embarking on a course of regular physical exercise
- You may also be put on a course of statins
Erectile dysfunction caused by atheroma normally happens several years before the arteries to the heart and brain begin to narrow. With the patient’s health and safety being of prime concern, ED is therefore often seen by clinicians here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall as an early warning sign for potential heart disease and/or stroke in later life.
An international study of men with ED has concluded that 10% of the men who suffer from the condition are twice as likely to have heart attacks, 10% are more likely to have a stoke, and 20% are more prone to find themselves ending up in hospital with heart failure.
Other physical causes of erectile dysfunction
Narrowing of the penis’s arteries is not the only potential cause of erectile dysfunction. Other possible causes consist of various physical conditions including:
- Hormonal problems (a lack of testosterone)
- Diabetes (this affects the nerves and blood vessels)
- Injury – _
- A side effect of some medications (antidepressants, beta blockers, diuretics etc.)
- Cycling for prolonged periods (trapping a nerve against the bike’s saddle)
- Alcohol and/or drug abuse
Where erectile dysfunction is related to a physical cause (other than an injury or surgical trauma), the condition usually builds up slowly. Psychological causes however, more often have an instant affect.
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction
In many instances failure to get or maintain an erection has its roots in some sort of psychological problem. If you for example are able to get and maintain an erection through self-masturbation, or you awaken in the mornings with an erection but find difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection with your sexual partner, then the problem is likely to be stress related. These types of causes include:
- Problems with relationships
It is also quite normal for psychologically induced ED to disappear once the stress anxiety of depressions disappears.
The start of a vicious circle
One frequent problem with psychologically induced erectile dysfunction however, is that it can set off a chain reaction. It may cause loss of self-confidence and self esteem, and this in turn can lead to greater depression and/or increased anxiety, setting off an unfortunate vicious circle.
Men are notoriously reluctant to discuss the personal health issues, particularly those of a more “delicate” nature. But that is one of the things more easily dealt with when men use the services of a private clinic like Broadgate Clinic London Wall. As one of the top private walk-in sexual health advice clinics in London, our doctors are professionally trained to offer a kind, understanding, discrete and above all else, confidential service, in the quiet, relaxed setting of our private clinic.
Diagnosing the causes of your erectile dysfunction at Broadgate walk in sexual health clinic London
There are several tests that we can carry out here our walk in sexual health clinic London Wall, to diagnose ED and confirm its cause. They include:
- A blood test to measure your levels of cholesterol
- A test to measure your blood sugar levels
- A blood test to diagnose any kidney or liver conditions
- A urine test
- A blood pressure test
- An ECG
Treating your erectile Dysfunction
There are various treatments that are available to combat erectile dysfunction. All are available here at Broadgate Clinic London Wall and an appropriate treatment will be recommended dependent on the cause and your individual circumstances. Treatments include:
All of the above are oral medications available in pill format.
Although not often prescribed since the availability of the above mentioned pills, there is an injectable treatment, which you can be shown how to self-administer. However you should be aware that whereas the pills only work when you feel sexually aroused, the injectable option will give you an erection within 15 minutes regardless of arousal.
There is also a urethral medication whereby you place a small pellet of medication in your urethra, the tube in your penis through which urine is passed. The medication is similar to that which is injected as described above.
All of these medications are effective in 80% of cases of ED.
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Putting any embarrassment to one side and paying a visit to Broadgate GPs private walk in sexual health clinic London can see you diagnosed and treated, and help you to restore your sex-life and your self esteem in no time flat. Place your trust in our discrete, confidential service.