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Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

Erectile dysfunction, also referred to as ED, means that a man is unable to hold an erection to have full sexual intercourse. Erectile issues are actually very common and can affect men of any age, although it is generally more common in older men.

Common Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

  • High cholesterol
  • Certain prescribed medication
  • Stress & Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Chronic diseases such as kidney or liver failure

Both psychological and physical factors can cause erectile dysfunction. If you think you may suffer from erectile dysfunction and would like to see a specialist, please contact LUA for an appointment.

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction 

There are a wide range of factors that can cause erectile dysfunction in men, from stress or a hormone imbalance to a side effect from prescribed drugs. ED can be caused by a combination of these factors or just one.

In order to assess whether your issues are caused by prescribed medication, physical or psychological factors, you will need to see a specialist such as those at the London Urology Association. Read more about the causes of erectile dysfunction here.

Diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction

When you reach out to a specialist, a variety of information is required to accurately assess and narrow down the cause of your erectile issues.

At LUA, both your medical as well as sexual histories are used as this information can help define the nature of your erectile dysfunction and can help uncover whether your erectile issues could be medication-related. You might also undergo a physical examination, laboratory tests or other tests.

In order to assess whether your symptoms might be the result of psychological factors, a psychological examination consisting of a questionnaire and an interview may be carried out alongside physical tests – these tests can also include your partner if you wish. For full details, please read our erectile dysfunction diagnosis page.

Treatment of Erectile Dysfunction

Depending on the cause of your ED, there are several methods available to treat erectile dysfunction.

There are various PDE5 inhibitors tablets that help the blood vessels in the penis to relax, thereby allowing more blood flow to the penis to cause an erection. People on certain medications, including nitrate-based drugs, should not take these tablets due to adverse

Aside from tablets, vacuum devices, implants, or injections could also be used to treat erectile dysfunction. If your ED has a psychological cause, counselling will be used as treatment. Read the LUA’s full page featuring information on erectile dysfunction treatment.

Contact LUA for Additional Information

If you require any additional information that isn’t covered on the website or would like to make an appointment to discuss your erectile dysfunction, please give the LUA clinic a call at 020 7224 5089 or reach out to via email at info@lua.co.uk.

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