How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed and treated at the centre?
Diagnosis will be based on a careful assessment of symptoms, medical history, current physical and mental health and lifestyle factors, a physical examination and a blood test.
This will enable the doctor to assess whether the likely causes of the erectile dysfunction are medical, psychological or a combination and to decide on the best course of treatment, if required.
The treatment will depend on whether the underlying cause of the erectile dysfunction is medical or psychological.
Where the cause is medical there are a range of proven medications, such as sildenafil (sold as Viagra). Research undertaken at the Centre for Men's Health has shown that in around two thirds of cases, treating the underlying hormonal deficiency can restore both libido and potency. In the remaining third, our studies have shown that combining testosterone replacement therapy (TRT) with erection enhancers, such as Viagra (sildenafil), Levitra (vardenafil) and Cialis (tadalafil) brings our success rate with erectile dysfunction to over 95%.
For those few patients where erectile function is not fully restored by testosterone replacement in combination with erection enhancers, the Centre for Men's Health can provide other erection inducing treatments.
In cases of psychologically induced ED, talking based therapies such as sex therapy and cognitive behavioural therapy may be used. The Centre can provide referral to expert practitioners in these therapies as part of a treatment package.