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Episode Guide

Episode 6 - Erectile Dysfunction

Wednesday 20th May 2009, 8pm Channel 4

This week’s episode starts with a visit to the clinic for former RAF airman Richard, whose case of gynaecomastia has left him with no body confidence and feeling repulsed when he looks in the mirror. After 26 years of suffering, Dr Pixie decided to send Richard for surgery to get rid of them once and for all.

Breast reduction

Next into the Doctors’ mobile clinic is 16-year-old Wendy, who after recently giving birth has been left with severe stretch marks on her tummy. Vitamin E creams and Bio Oil are recommended by Dr Pixie as a way of reducing the marks that will also fade over time. A case of excessive sweating has left one woman feeling extremely embarrassed, but Dr Christian reassures her that there are multiple treatments available for this common condition.

Excessive sweating

EB Dentist Dr James Russell has a case in his surgery involving bulimia sufferer Harriet. Self-induced vomiting has left her with acid erosion on her teeth, shortening and eating away at the enamel. Porcelain veneers can be used to extend and protect her remaining teeth, but Harriet decided to wait before proceeding with the full treatment.

18-year-old student Clare has come to the clinic with some problem bowels that mean that she can go a week without passing a stool, but this is swiftly followed by excessive diarrhoea and stomach cramps. Dr Pixie excludes the possibility of haemorrhoids, but decides to send a stool sample of to be analysed. Having eliminated all other possibilities, Dr Pixie makes a diagnosis of IBS.

IBS

Next through the clinic doors is Alan, who has been battling with erectile dysfunction for nearly 10 years. Dr Christian recommends that Alan starts by losing some of his excess weight, before he is sent off to a specialist to check out the problem. The specialist recommends a number of possible non-surgical treatments, including a penis pump.

Dr Pixie sees a patient with an enlarged stomach whose GP has already eliminated a number of potential conditions. Despite losing weight Stuart still has a large belly, and so is sent for an ultrasound scan. The results of the scan are inconclusive, suggesting that dietary and lifestyle changes are the best course of action.

Vulvodynia

Dr Priya sees a patient who’s complaining of pain in her vulval area, which appears to be caused by the condition vulvodynia. Over 15% of women suffer from it, but over 50% of these sufferers don’t seek help.

Finally through the clinic door is veterinary nurse Terry, who’s suffering from a condition called “Paprika Staining”: on his legs and ankles that leaves him with rust coloured marks. Dr Christian reassures him that there is nothing to be worried about, but there is also unfortunately no cure…

Tongue test

Also this week, Christian and Pixie hit the streets of Newcastle to discuss Erectile Dysfunction, whilst Christian puts himself, and his sperm, under the microscope, whilst also investigating the growing problem of fake pharmaceuticals, particularly targeted at ED sufferers. We also have our body check group conducting a thorough examination of their mouths.

The EB team would like to thank:

Mr Dalvi Humzah, Cosmetic/Plastic Surgeon
Dr David Edwards, General Practitioner
Dr Manpreet Dhillon, Consultant Radiologist, Meriden Hospital
Sijmon Lewis, Dietician
Dr Debashis Mandall, Department of GU Medicine, Warrington Hospital & The Vulval Pain Society
Pret et Manager Newcastle Grey’s Monument
Relate! Newcastle
Newcastle City Council
Sutton Coldfield Musical Theatre Company
The Arcadians
The Argosy
Solihull Operatic Society
Queensbridge Musical Theatre Society
Alexandra Theatre
Baker Street Medical Centre
Film Birmingham

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Dear Embarrassing Bodies, Saw your recent program on erectile dysfunction. I am particularly interested in a procedure that was quickly touched upon involving clearing of blocked arteries using a wire inserted into the penis to clear any blockages in the arteries. I can find no reference to it on this website and would appreciate any info. eg. name of procedure, a more detailed description of the procedure, cause and effect, risks and possible consequences etc. I currently live in Northern France and I would be looking to use the information to discuss with my French GP. Also If I decided to undertake this surgery I would be looking to obtain the services of a Surgeon in North West France (Rennes), any knowledge of or recommendation your experts could provide as to the name of an appropriate surgeon in France would be equally gratefully received. Regards:





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I am 66 years old, and occasionaly take a cialis pill in order to maintain an erection, which work very well. However, during intercourse or masturbation, I often feel right on the verge of coming but it doesn't actually happen. On other occasions I do come. Of course, I recognise that anxiety about not coming might be a strong contributory factor,and I suspect age might have something to do with it too. I am healthy, fit and active and I take other medication which successfully controls high blood pressure, and another to reduce cholesterol. Is there any medication, advice or exercise that might facilitate ejaculation? R.F.





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Hi there, I watched the show tonight and after seeing the penis pump, i think that its something that i would certainly like to try. Can you tell me where is the best place for me to purchase one of these frim. Thank you





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they usually get it from your local sex shop adult store.

Hi Gino, I too saw the episode and through it was great idea for ED, I've heard about it before but never had the urge to take the plunge until now. I guess I experienced a "final straw" moment that I won't talk about on a forum. But it happened nonetheless so I looked online for one. I discovered a smaller store selling vacuum devices and called them up. The lady on the phone was really nice, showed me info pages and explained why their pumps are so cheap compared to doctors offices (manual pumps are cheaper, electric are very expensive) Adding to all the previous weeks events I was happy to hear the good price. Long story short, got my pump, happy with my pump. It works, it really, really works.

hello, i am 22 and sometimes have difficulty getting an erection, maybe 2 r 3 times a week and would just like to no weather this is normal





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At 22 I wouldn't say this was normal, but it depends on your lifestyle. If you are drinking and smoking lots then erectile dysfunction will happen lots more, and if you add obesity to that list it increases once again. However if your fit and healthy and don’t drink or smoke to much you may want to see your local GP to see what they think. If you don’t want to see your Doc about this and prefer to do it over the internet or phone you could always see out an online Pharmacy. If you do go the online route, always make sure you buy from a registered UK pharmacy with the green pharmacy logo on their website which when clicked displays their pharmacy information. Try Medical Specialists Pharmacy they have been helping people with erectile dysfunction online for over 10 years.

after watchin the show tonight and seeing a girl who was diagnosed with IBS, i wanted to share my story, i used to have IBS and would find myself in agony and be constipated for days followed by the runs, i started taking acidophyllus which you get from holland and barrett, i took one in the morning and found that it was linning the intestines so i would be able to go for a poo every day, soon i stopped suffering from teh symptoms and a year later i no longer have this problem.





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