What is Erectile Dysfunction?
Erectile Dysfunction (ED, Male impotence) is a sexual dysfunction characterised by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance.
Erectile dysfunction is a common problem which occurs more frequently with advancing age, diabetes and following radical prostatectomy.
Whatever the cause of it, effective treatments are available.
It is a common condition particularly in those over 40 or with certain medical conditions such as diabetes, or those patients who have had a radical prostatectomy.
Most men occasionally fail to get or keep an erection, this is usually due to stress, tiredness, anxiety or drinking too much alcohol and it is nothing to worry about. If it happens more often there may be underlying physical or emotional problems and it is important that a patient seeks medical advice rather than just buying medications over the internet.
This is because erection problems can be the first sign of underlying vascular disease for example due to high cholesterol, high blood pressure, undiagnosed diabetes or due to testosterone deficiency.
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION MAY BE THE FIRST SYMPTOM IN UP TO ONE-FIFTH OF MEN WITH DIABETES
ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION REFELECTS ENDOTHELIAL DYSFUNCTION AND IS A CARDIOVASCULAR RISK FACTOR ITSELF, CONFERRING A RISK EQUIVALENT TO CURRENT MODERATE SMOKING.
The Leger Clinic will obviously check for all these conditions and treat or refer as necessary.
Treatment for ED. Everyone has heard of Viagra, nowadays called by its generic name Sildenafil but there are other tablets available which may suit the patient better.
For patients with more severe Erectile Dysfunction or those that cannot take the tablets because they are on certain tablets for their heart condition, there are other treatments available: one to particularly mention is an injection which is self-administered by the patient or his partner, called Invicorp. It is highly effective and virtually painless. It is particularly useful for those patients who have severe Erectile Dysfunction following radical prostatectomy or those with type 2 diabetes where tablets are often ineffective.
Remember if you are a diabetic and have failed to get an adequate response to tablets then this may be due to testosterone deficiency and it will be suggested that you get a testosterone blood test.