Erectile Dysfunction (ED) or impotence describes the inability to get and maintain an erection firm enough for sex. Men often find the situation embarrassing, but it’s important to remember that there are a variety of proven treatment options available.
Advanced Treatment for Erectile Dysfunction
King’s Urology Clinic provides a number of treatment options for erectile dysfunction including the latest advanced technological solutions such as Low-intensity Shock Wave Therapy (LISWT).
LISWT is a simple, safe, painless and anesthesia free treatment for men with erectile dysfunction caused by poor blood flow to the penis (vasculogenic ED). Unlike on-demand solutions such as pills used for one-off encounters, LISWT focuses on improving the blood flow to the penis, to make it more likely you can get and maintain erections on your own. A clinician applies a wand-like probe to the penis that delivers mild shockwaves. To learn more about this latest technological advancement, and the packages available, book an appointment with Dr Samer Obeidat, UK trained Consultant Urologist who has over 14 years’ experience.
Occasional erection problems aren’t always a cause for concern, however if the problem is an ongoing issue it can result in reduced quality of life as a result of stress, self-confidence issues and relationship problems. Erectile dysfunction can also indicate an underlying health condition and is a potential risk factor of heart disease.
Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction
Diabetes and heart disease are well known conditions linked to ED. Symptoms
- Difficulty getting an erection
- Difficulty keeping an erection
- Reduced sexual desire
Causes and Risk Factors of Erectile Dysfunction
There are several factors involved when it comes to arousal that include both psychological and physical factors.
Common Physical & Medical causes of erectile dysfunction
- Heart disease
- Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
- High cholesterol
- High blood pressure
- Parkinson’s disease
- Multiple sclerosis
- Certain prescription medications
- Tobacco use
- Peyronie’s disease (scar tissue inside the penis)
- Alcoholism & substance abuse
- Sleep disorders
- Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
- Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord
Psychological causes of erectile dysfunction
The brain plays an integral part in the events that lead to an erection. Various factors can interfere with sexual feeling and sexual excitement such as:
- Stress & anxiety
- Depression, low self-esteem or other mental health conditions
- Relationship problems
- Unsatisfactory sex life
- low self-esteem
Prevention of Erectile Dysfunction
A healthy lifestyle and appropriate management of any existing medical conditions is one of the best ways to prevent erectile dysfunction. This includes:
- Management of diabetes, heart disease or other chronic health conditions
- Quit smoking
- Avoid alcohol and drugs
- Regular exercise
- Stress management
- Get help for anxiety, depression or other mental health concerns