Spire doctor gives advice on alternatives to Viagra

May 2011

British researchers recently revealed impotence drugs such as Viagra could cause sudden hearing loss, news that may concern the estimated 2.3 million men in Britain suffering from erectile dysfunction.

Dr Arun Ghosh, a GP specialising in sexual health at Spire Liverpool Hospital, has offered some advice about impotence and some alternative treatment options to Viagra in a recent Daily Mail article.

Dr Ghosh says there are many causes for erectile dysfunction, including nerve damage from diabetes, reduced blood flow due to smoking, raised cholesterol levels or high blood pressure – even stress and regular cycling can have an influence.

He says the problem can also go hand in hand with flagging testosterone levels: ‘A lot of these men are suffering from testosterone deficiency syndrome, due to reaching their 40s and putting on weight around the stomach.’

‘This causes testosterone levels to drop, resulting in a loss of libido and erectile function. It’s worth asking for a blood test if you hit 40 and start developing these symptoms.’

‘If you’ve had a problem even once before, then you’re always going to be worried it will happen again,’ explains Dr Ghosh.

‘In fact, one of the main roles of any treatment is to give men a psychological boost. It’s vitally important to use treatment alongside some kind of sexual counselling or therapy, even if the cause is due to something physical such as diabetes.

‘A man’s partner will often say: “Don’t worry about it” — but even if he’s trying not to think about his performance, he will think about not thinking about it. And before you know it, performance anxiety has kicked in.

‘Anxiety and stress stop the pituitary gland secreting the hormones needed for sex. The body goes into “fight or flight” mode, shutting down all non-essential functions — with sex being one of them.’

After hearing the latest news about Viagra, many may want to try other options. Dr Ghosh along with other sexual health experts have offered their advice on a range of treatments available for impotence including injections, herbal remedies, prelox tablets, prescription drugs, testosterone patches and gels, vacuum pumps and surgical treatment.

To find out more and read the expert advice on this range of erectile dysfunction treatments, click here to read the Daily Mail article.

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