Erectile Dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, is characterized by the inability to achieve and maintain an erection suitable for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Research highlights that the prevalence of ED increases with age, affecting a substantial proportion of men aged over 40 and becoming more prevalent among those over 70. Our experts at Private Medical Clinic recognize the significance of addressing this issue comprehensively, ensuring that you have access to accurate information and effective solutions.
Our private GPs can evaluate and diagnose any concerns you may have with your sexual health and provide expert advice on appropriate treatments. Whether you are experiencing issues or seeking reassurance, you can schedule an appointment directly with us without a GP referral. In many cases, we offer a same-day appointment for your convenience.
Our range of sexual health services gives you the peace of mind you need. Our specialist doctors are here to provide helpful advice, and support you every step of the way.
Sexual Health Testing
What causes Erectile Dysfunction?
The origins of ED can vary widely, ranging from psychological factors to physiological conditions. Stress, anxiety, and fatigue can contribute to temporary erection problems. However, more intricate issues can stem from arterial blockages hindering the adequate blood flow to the penis or nerve damage that disrupts the signals required for proper erection. Conditions such as diabetes or atherosclerosis, which narrows and hardens arteries, can lead to insufficient blood flow. Additionally, surgical procedures in the pelvic region, like Radical Prostatectomy or bowel resection, can damage the delicate nerves associated with erectile function. Even structural abnormalities, like Peyronie’s disease, scar tissue from previous surgeries, or testosterone deficiency, can contribute to ED.
How is Erectile Dysfunction Diagnosed?
At Private Medical Clinic, we adhere to a meticulous diagnostic process to ensure accurate evaluation and personalized treatment. Diagnosis primarily relies on assessing the symptoms of erection challenges and sexual intercourse difficulties. A thorough physical examination is conducted to identify any physical abnormalities in the penis and evaluate blood flow and pulsations in the pelvic region and leg arteries. Basic blood tests, including a male sex hormone (Testosterone) assessment, are also performed. While sophisticated scans are rarely necessary for diagnosis, a Doppler scan may be recommended to assess penile blood supply more comprehensively.
Private Medical Clinic offers a range of treatment options to address the diverse causes of ED. Our experts collaborate closely with you to determine the most suitable path forward:
1. Drug Treatment:
We often initiate treatment with PDE-5 inhibitors, medications that enhance chemicals responsible for erections. These medications, such as Sildenafil (Viagra) and Tadalafil (Cialis), require sexual stimulation to trigger the release of the essential chemicals. Our experts provide detailed information about dosages and usage to ensure optimal results.
2. Vacuum Suction Device:
For those seeking non-invasive options, vacuum constriction devices offer an effective solution. These external pumps create a vacuum, aiding in achieving and maintaining an erection. Our team recommends devices like those from iMedicare, which provide personalized guidance to ensure proper usage.
3. Injections into the Penis:
For prompt results, injections of Prostaglandin into the penis dilate arteries, allowing increased blood flow and rapid erection. We guide patients through the self-injection process, ensuring comfort and efficacy.
4. Penile Prosthesis Surgery:
When other options prove ineffective, our specialists offer Penile Prosthesis surgery. This surgical solution involves implanting a prosthetic device in the penis, providing on-demand erections. While reserved as a last resort, our team meticulously discusses the procedure and potential risks.
5. Psychosexual Counselling:
Addressing the psychological aspects of ED is paramount. Our dedicated experts offer psychosexual counseling, a pivotal approach, especially when physical causes are absent. This option is particularly beneficial for couples dealing with stress, anxiety, or relationship dynamics affecting sexual health.