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Erectile Dysfunction Clinic

ED is not just a concern for aging men, the Journal of Sexual Health research shows 1 in 4 patients seeking medical help for new onset ED was younger than 40 years. Almost half of the young men suffered from severe ED, with comparable rates in older patients.

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Facts About Erectile Dysfunction

Primary Signs & Symptoms

Erectile Dysfunction commonly referred to as ED is the inability to achieve and sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. Some major signs are:

• Trouble achieving erection
• Trouble maintaining erection
• Reduce or lack of desire

Who Suffers from ED?

ED doesn’t have to be a part of getting older. While it is true that older men may need more stimulation (such as stroking and touching) to achieve an erection, they should still be able to get an erection and enjoy sex.

• High Blood Pressure
• Diabetes
• Clogged Arteries
• Obesity
• Low Testosterone
• High or Low Thyroid Hormone Level
• Depression
• Anxiety
• Alcohol and Drug Abuse

Treatment Options for Erectile Dysfunction

There are many different ways ED can be treated, including oral medications, sex therapy, penile injections, and surgery. Each type of treatment has its own advantages and disadvantages. Talk to your doctor to determine the best treatment for you.
Some treatments include:

• Sildenafil (Viagra)
• Tadalafil (Cialis)
• Vardenafil (Levitra)


• PRP (see above) and Stem Cell Injections: PRP, also known as Platelet Rich Plasma, was designed to help men suffering from erectile dysfunction by improving sexual performance. Surgery is not required for PRP and there is little to no discomfort when administered and no downtime needed before treatment.

•Vacuum Devices: These devices can be effective and safe if medication isn’t working

• Corewave™ Therapy – Shockwave Treatment: Although this treatment is not FDA approved Urologist are finding success with shockwave therapy. Treatment consists of noninvasive low-intensity sound waves that pass through erectile tissue, restoring natural erectile function by clearing plaque out of blood vessels and encouraging the growth of new blood vessels.

Penile Implant: This option can be considered when all other treatments fail.

Erectile Dysfunction FAQs

The persistent or recurrent inability to achieve or maintain an erection good enough to complete your chosen sexual activity satisfactorily, whether that’s masturbation, oral sex or vaginal or anal intercourse. The occasional inability to achieve a satisfactory erection doesn’t normally constitute a problem.

  • Most men will experience an erection problem at least once. This could be due to stress, exhaustion, too much alcohol or simply not feeling like sex.
  • Persistent erectile dysfunction (ED) is estimated to affect about 10% of men at any one time.
  • Although age itself isn’t a cause of erectile dysfunction (ED), the risk nevertheless increases as you get older: 18% of 50—59-year-olds have trouble with their erections compared with 7% of 18—29-year-olds.

There are two main causes of ED: physical and psychological. Most doctors agree that the majority of cases are physical but it’s also clear that many men with ED also quickly start to feel anxious, stressed or depressed. These feelings can easily make the symptoms of ED worse.

The main physical causes are:

  • Diabetes. Up to 25% of all diabetic men aged 30—34 are affected by ED, as are 75% of diabetic men aged 60—64.
  • Inadequate blood flow to the penis because arteries have got furred-up (a condition called atherosclerosis) or damaged. This causes about 40% of ED cases in men aged over 50. Smoking cigarettes, which is implicated in up to 80% of ED cases, constricts the blood vessels and is a major cause of damage to the arteries leading to the penis. One little-known cause of damage to key blood vessels is cycling.
  • Regular heavy drinking. Alcohol can damage the nerves leading to the penis, reduce testosterone levels and increase levels of the female hormone estrogen.
  • The side-effects of prescribed drugs, particularly those used to treat high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, peptic ulcers, and cancer. As many as 25% of ED cases may be caused by drugs taken to treat other conditions.
  • Spinal cord injury. Almost a quarter of men with spinal injury are affected by ED.
  • Prostate gland surgery (or other surgery around the pelvis). The risk of ED depends on the type of surgery, but up to 30% of men who have a radical prostatectomy (the complete removal of the gland affected by cancer) will experience ED.

The main psychological causes of ED are:

  • Relationship conflicts
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Depression (90% of men affected by depression also have complete or moderate ED)
  • Unresolved sexual orientation
  • Sexual boredom

One rough-and-ready way of working out whether your ED has a physical cause is to see whether there any circumstances in which you get an erection. If you can produce one when masturbating but not with a partner, wake up with an erection, or have erections during the night, then there’s a good chance that your ED has psychological causes.

  • Have a healthy lifestyle. Quitting smoking and drinking alcohol in moderation will help. Regular aerobic exercise and a low-fat diet will also reduce the risks of atherosclerosis.
  • If you have diabetes, ensure it’s properly controlled.

Yes. Get help and advice as soon as you notice a problem. This isn’t only important in terms of getting treatment for your ED: it could also be a symptom of other potentially serious conditions (such as diabetes or heart disease).

One study of 50 men with ED who had sought prescriptions for Viagra found that although none of them had any symptoms of heart disease, six were found to have blockages in all three major heart arteries, seven had two arteries that showed narrowing and one artery was blocked in another seven. Overall, 40% of the men were at significant risk of angina or a heart attack.

If you are on treatment for a medical or psychiatric problem and you think that this treatment is affecting your sex life tell your doctor. Alternative treatments that may have less likelihood of affecting sexual function are often available.

If your doctor doesn’t take your problem seriously, ask to be referred to a specialist. Don’t let yourself be fobbed off with comments like “What do you expect at your age?”

A wide variety of treatments for ED are now available at RenewMD Vitality

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