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Erectile dysfunction and the possible treatments

Updated: Oct 23, 2019

Erectile dysfunction is the inability to get or maintain an erection in order to have sexual intercourse. Although it is more common in older men, around 25% of men under the age of 40 are affected by erectile dysfunction.



If you are suffering with erectile problems, it could be caused by a number of different reasons. These can include:

  • Problems with blood flow

  • Diabetes causing nerve damage or a low testosterone level

The best initial step is to seek your GPs opinion; as come cases can easily be dealt with. If you are referred to a specialist you will need a blood test at your consultation to check for any unknown causes for the erectile problem. In many cases the erectile dysfunction cannot be cured, however symptoms can be managed by using medication such as Viagra or Cialis.


It always helps to maintain a healthy and active life style, with a balanced diet to ensure that your weight stays at a healthy level. Reducing habits such as smoking and drinking can also help minimise the risk of developing erectile dysfunction.


Many men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have this problem due to a reduction of blood flow to the into penis. Previous research has shown sufferers of heart disease benefit from shocks waves over a period of time to help promote the growth of new blood vessels, which can tell to prevent further heart problems. This research has been extrapolated to help find a treatment for ED patients.


ED 1000 therapy is a relativity new treatment. The process is 9 weeks long, and uses small shock waves to help increase the number of blood vessels and therefore improve the flow of blood to the penis. The treatment consists of two 20-minute treatments a week for three weeks, then a three-week break followed by a further two treatments a week for three weeks. The pain free treatment is done in an outpatient clinic while the patient is awake and does not affect any day to day activities. Research has shown that the effects of ED 1000 can last over two years.


This treatment helps to increase the number of men who benefit from the use of medications such as Viagra, therefore resulting in a better patient satisfaction rate. Medical trials have shown that ED 1000 therapy can help two thirds of men achieve better erections with medications such as Viagra. Although this treatment is primarily for patients with vascular related erectile dysfunction, ED 1000 therapy has also been used to treat patients with ED problems related to diabetes.


Urology Clinics Manchester are currently the only clinic in the North West of England that offers ED 1000 Therapy. Please contact us to find out more or if you wish to known if ED 1000 is the right treatment for you. Often patients will come to us with a referral from their GP, however we also welcome self-referrals.


If you have never seen a specialist about your erectile dysfunction, we can offer a full consultation with the appropriate tests as needed prior to receiving the ED 1000 therapy.

Please note that the ED 1000 treatment is given at the discretion of the specialist. A consultation with us does not grantee that ED 1000 is the right treatment plan for you.


This article is intended to inform and give insight but not treat, diagnose or replace the advice of a doctor. Always seek medical advice with any questions regarding a medical condition.

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