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What is Erectile Dysfunction?

​Erectile dysfunction (ED), sometimes known as impotence, is the inability to get and maintain an erection that is sufficient for satisfactory sexual intercourse. ED usually becomes worse with age, however, men at any age can experience ED for a wide variety of complex reasons.

ED is only medically diagnosed when symptoms become frequent over a long period of time.

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Over 4.5 million men in the UK experience erectile problems. Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a very common condition and usually easy to treat. Our clinics provide Shockwave therapy which treats the root cause of erectile dysfunction quickly, painlessly, and without medication.

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be caused by a variety of factors, many of which are linked to overall health, particularly cardio-metabolic issues. Here are the main causes and considerations:

Cardio-metabolic Issues

  1. Elevated Blood Sugar: High blood sugar levels can damage blood vessels and nerves, which are critical for maintaining an erection.

  2. Hypertension (High Blood Pressure): Hypertension can lead to the hardening and narrowing of arteries, reducing blood flow to the penis.

  3. Central Obesity: Excess fat, especially around the abdomen, is associated with various health problems that can contribute to ED

Diabetes and Insulin Resistance

  • Insulin Resistance: This condition is a precursor to type 2 diabetes and can cause endothelial dysfunction, affecting blood flow.

  • Diabetes: Diabetic men are at higher risk for ED due to nerve damage and impaired blood flow.

Cardiovascular Disease

  • ED as an Indicator: Erectile dysfunction can be one of the first signs of cardiovascular disease. It may precede heart conditions such as angina or heart attacks.

  • Blood Flow and Vascular Health: Poor cardiovascular health impacts the blood flow necessary for achieving and maintaining an erection.

Hormonal Issues

  • Low Testosterone: Common in middle-aged men, low testosterone can lead to symptoms such as:

  • Low libido

  • Fatigue

  • Hair loss

  • Difficulty losing fat

  • Poor concentration

  • Erectile dysfunction

Treatment and Management

  • Hormonal Evaluation: It's important to check for hormonal imbalances. Low testosterone can often be treated effectively without the need for testosterone replacement therapy.

  • Lifestyle Changes: Addressing diet, exercise, and weight management can improve overall health and reduce the risk of ED.

  • Medical Intervention: Consulting with a healthcare provider


Understanding the underlying causes of erectile dysfunction, particularly those related to cardio-metabolic health, is crucial for effective treatment and management. Early detection of other health issues can help prevent the progression to more serious conditions, including cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Regular check-ups and a holistic approach to health can significantly improve both erectile function and overall well-being.

Our specialists provide a fast diagnosis and easy access


During an approximate 20 minute session, a handheld device, through which the shockwaves are emitted, is applied at different points on and around the penis. A series of low-level painless shockwaves are administered to the treatment areas on the penis and on the perineum (the area between the anus and the scrotum). The number of repetitions will be decided by the physician depending on the condition and symptoms. Treatments are carried out by a medically trained shockwave specialist.

Now available at Norwich and Cambridge


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