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Erectile Dysfunction – Doctor Shares All You Need To Know

Dr Shirin Lakhani Elite Aesthetics

Almost half of the men in the UK have experienced difficulty getting or keeping an erection. That’s around 16.5 million men. 

Erectile problems can happen for many reasons, and it’s a subject that a lot of men find difficult to talk about. 

Embarrassment surrounding the condition can seriously impact your mental well-being. But erectile dysfunction can happen to anyone and have a variety of causes, and the good news is that it can usually be treated very effectively. There’s no need to feel embarrassed, it’s a common problem and there are people who can help you. 

What Is Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get and keep an erection that’s sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. It’s the most common sexual problem that men report to their doctors. ED might affect you occasionally, or you may find yourself frequently dealing with the issue. 

Occasional ED is not uncommon, and many people experience it during times of stress or as a result of recent nutritional or lifestyle changes. 

Frequent ED, however, can be a sign of health problems that require treatment and should be discussed with a healthcare professional.

Common Signs Of Erectile Dysfunction

The main symptom of erectile dysfunction is an inability to get an erection or maintain a firm erection for intercourse. You could have trouble getting an erection, keeping an erection, or experiencing reduced sexual desire.

It happens most often when blood flow in the penis is limited or the nerves are harmed. One of the reasons this can occur is as a side effect of an illness or medication.

Who Can Suffer From Erectile Dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be more common as you age. Approximately 40% of men are affected at age 40, and nearly 70% of men are affected at age 70.

It doesn’t always come down to age though, many younger men experience it too. The good news is that it doesn’t have to be permanent. With the right treatment, it can often be resolved. 

Common Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction

The most common causes are:

  • Age
  • High blood pressure
  • High blood sugar
  • Cardiovascular
  • High cholesterol
  • Smoking
  • Drug use
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Obesity
  • Lack of exercise
  • Peronie’s Disease

Men with erectile dysfunction tend to fall under two categories: physical causes and emotional causes.

Physical Causes

The physical causes of erectile dysfunction include:

  • If not enough blood flows into the penis.
  • If the penis is unable to maintain enough blood during an erection.
  • Nerve signals from the brain or spinal cord not reaching the penis.
  • Small vessel disease or nerve damage to the penis due to diabetes.
  • Cancer treatments near the pelvis can negatively impact penis functionality.
  • Drugs used to treat other health problems can negatively impact erections.

Emotional Causes

Sometimes ED only occurs in certain situations. You might be able to get an erection during masturbation but are unable to get an erection with your sexual partner. This could be an indication that your ED is primarily psychological.

Common emotional causes are:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship conflicts 
  • Stress

Treatment For Erectile Dysfunction

There are various treatments available but many involve medication such as Sildenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil (Adcirca, Cialis), Vardenafil (Levitra, Staxyn) or Avanafil (Stendra).

Some people might try lifestyle changes such as losing weight, giving up smoking, reducing alcohol intake and exercising regularly. 

But there is another option… 

P Shot For Erectile Dysfunction

P-Shot Results

The Priapus Shot, also known as the P Shot, is a pioneering treatment often used to help treat erectile dysfunction issues such as impotence or the inability to maintain a firm erection.

Platelet-rich plasma (PRP), made from a sample of your blood, is used to stimulate the growth of new, younger tissue and increase blood flow. PRP treatments have been used successfully to repair damaged muscles and nerves for many years in the medical field. 

Experts have found that using the same process can combat erectile problems, giving men more treatment options.

PRP contains cell-regenerating growth factors that are essential for treatment. The procedure works by drawing a small amount of your blood which is then spun at a high frequency within a centrifuge to separate the platelet-rich plasma. 

At Elite Aesthetics, we use a specific FDA Approved centrifuge to give the best possible results, and we’re the only clinic in the UK to use this particular centrifuge for the P Shot.

This PRP is then injected into your penis. This might sound uncomfortable, but we carry out the procedure under local anaesthetic, so you’ll experience little to no discomfort.

Following treatment, many men experience firmer, stronger erections and a reduction or resolution of erectile dysfunction symptoms.

At Elite, we treat everyone as an individual and so we have P Shot treatments that are designed just for you:

  • P Shot – our original treatment with a single spin
  • P Shot Plus – take your treatment to the next level with a double spin
  • Bocox – Increased blood flow resulting in stronger erections
  • P Shot 100 – P Shot Plus & Bocox to give you the ultimate combination treatment.

Next Steps

If you’re struggling with erectile dysfunction and would like to find out if this treatment would be suitable for you, then the first thing you need to do is book a telephone consultation or WhatsApp Us.

At Elite Aesthetics, consultations are held in our beautiful, award-winning clinic based in Greenhithe, Kent. It’s just 20 minutes away by train from St. Pancras, London and ideally located for people in the Dartford, Gravesend and Maidstone areas. 

During your consultation, you will speak to Dr Shirin, an accredited expert in intimate health problems with over 20 years of experience, including several years as a practising GP. During your private and discreet consultation, you’ll be able to ask any questions you might have and discuss what you want to achieve with your P Shot treatment.


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