Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

What is ED?

Erectile Dysfunction, also known as impotence, is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough to have sexual intercourse.

To experience ED occasionally is not uncommon, and can be more common during stressful periods of time. When ED occurs frequently this can be a sign of health problems that require treatment. ED takes many forms, some individuals are unable to achieve/sustain an erection under any circumstances, while others may occasionally achieve/sustain an erection.

To have ED does not necessarily reflect on fertility. A majority of males with ED are still physically capable of reproduction and having an orgasm. This may be more difficult to achieve when an erection cannot be maintained.


What are the symptoms of ED?

You may have ED if you regularly experience:

  • Trouble getting an erection
  • Difficulty maintaining an erection
  • Reduced interest in sex

Other disorders related to ED are:

  • Premature ejaculation
  • Delayed ejaculation
  • Anorgasmia (inability to achieve an orgasm)

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, especially if they’ve lasted for two or more months, or just want to discuss any related worries, you can see one of our expert Urologists 6 days a week (Mon-Sat)


What causes ED?

An erection is the result of increased blood flow into your penis. ED can occur because of problems at any stage of the erection process. Although you are more likely to develop ED as you age, ageing does not cause ED. ED can be treated at any age and is often a symptom of another health problem or health-related factor.

ED is commonly linked to:

  • Stress
  • Tiredness
  • Anxiety
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • High blood pressure/ High cholesterol/ High blood sugar
  • Hormone Imbalances
  • Side effects of prescribed medication


What treatments are available?

Here at Highgate Private Hospital, we have London’s leading Consultant Urologists who will assess your individual symptoms and concerns and undertake any diagnostic tests needed to get to the bottom of what is causing the issue. An individual treatment plan will be tailored and agreed with you.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Consultants