Erectile Dysfunction Blood Test, from our experts to you.Dr Natasha Fernando MBBS, MRCGP
What is erectile dysfunction?
What causes erectile dysfunction?
What can I learn from an Erectile Dysfunction Blood Test?
How to prepare for your test
Frequently asked questions
What are the symptoms of erectile dysfunction?
You may have ED if you regularly have:
-Trouble getting an erection
-Difficulty maintaining an erection
-Reduced interest in sex
If you have any of these symptoms regularly, you should speak to your doctor to check the underlying cause and see if treatment is required.
ED is very common, particularly in men over 40 — it’s reported that ED affects up to half of men above this age to some degree.
How common is erectile dysfunction?
Most cases of ED are treatable. However, even if your ED cannot be cured, the right treatment may be able to reduce your symptoms. Many options are available, and depending on the cause of your ED, they could include medication, counselling and therapy, and lifestyle changes.
Can erectile dysfunction be cured?
Yes, you can choose to have a nurse visit you at your home to take a blood sample from a vein in your arm (a venous sample). You can also take our blood test for erectile dysfunction at one of our nationwide partner clinics at a time that suits you.
Can I take an erectile dysfunction test at home?
Lifestyle changes to improve ED
Although medication may be the best treatment for some cases of ED, there are still many things you can do that could help to reduce your symptoms. Healthy lifestyle changes can sometimes help, such as losing weight if you’re overweight, stopping smoking, drinking less alcohol, and taking steps to reduce your stress levels. These changes can also help boost your libido (sex drive).
Can erectile dysfunction be a sign of heart disease?
Trouble getting or keeping an erection may seem like a problem that’s just ‘down there’, but it can be a sign of heart disease. Getting an erection depends on a healthy blood flow, so anything that interferes with that flow can cause problems.
Atherosclerosis (where your arteries become narrowed, making it difficult for blood to flow through them) accounts for up to half of cases of ED. And high blood pressure is the next most common cardiac cause.
With cardiovascular disease accounting for most cases of ED, it’s important to check out the underlying causes as soon as possible.
Treatments for erectile dysfunction
If you’re diagnosed with ED, there are many treatment options. For instance, if your ED is caused by high cholesterol, you may be prescribed medications such as statins, which can lower the level of bad cholesterol in your blood.
Another standard treatment for ED is sildenafil (Viagra), which increases blood flow to the penis. And if your ED is thought to be a side effect of medication, there may be alternatives you can try.
Therapy such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) or counselling may be recommended if your doctor thinks your ED could be due to a psychological issue.