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Sep 18 2012 4:13PM
 
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Generally men opt not to talk about their erectile dysfunction as they may feel embarrassed and humiliated.
 
Even though this can be so embarrassing to talk about, urologists are of the view that this is critical for a healthy relationship and it is important for couples to openly address it.

Roland Donat, urological surgeon at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh told DailyMail.co.uk that around 70 per cent of cases are caused by the damaging effects of vascular disease such as high blood pressure and diabetes.

“This is because erections are caused by extra blood flow into the penis and a reduction of blood flow out of the penis.

“Being overweight, excessive drinking and smoking are linked to impotence because they can cause vascular disease,” he told the site.

The DailyMail.co.uk asked the urologists to give options and suggestions to men:

Pellets

Sponge-like pellets, around 3mm long and 1mm in diameter, containing the drug prostaglandin E1 are pushed into the end of the penis into the ureter (the tube that carries urine and semen) using a thin rod and this works by relaxing blood vessels to improve blood flow.

A blast of sound waves

An intense form of sound waves, similar to ultrasound, is also used to trigger the regrowth of blood vessels and improve blood flow.

As with traditional ultrasound, a layer of jelly is applied to the area and then the device is pointed at five places along the shaft of the penis. The treatment is done twice a week for three weeks, followed by a break after which the treatment is repeated for another three weeks.

Tiny balloons


Inflatable devices or bendable rods are implanted in the penis under general anaesthetic to act as a ‘prop’. Source: DailyMail.co.uk

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