The UK’s health service has announced a new test to diagnose erective dysfunction in women.
The Department of Health says the new test is available from £75 for a four-week course and can help to identify men who may be at increased risk of developing the condition.
The tests uses a digital camera to scan the female genitalia and compare the results to a database of medical records and other data, the BBC reports.
The test can detect signs of the condition, such as dryness and pain during intercourse, which can be used to assess a woman’s level of risk of a potentially fatal disease.
It is not a cure for the condition and is not recommended for women, but it can help clinicians make decisions about treatment.
The department says it has a “hugely large and growing” patient population with erectile problems and that it will be expanding its testing to other areas in the NHS.
It also says it is working with private health insurance companies and the pharmaceutical industry to provide more information about the test.
The announcement comes after researchers published findings last year suggesting the condition was increasing in the UK.
Dr Mark Wahlberg, a consultant urologist and the study’s lead author, said: “This study is a great step forward in understanding the link between erectile disorders and the increased prevalence of diabetes in the population and the need for treatment.”
Dr Wahlberger said more women in the country were diagnosed with erectilators than were men.
He added that the study showed that the prevalence of erectile difficulties was rising in the male population and it was “very important that we understand why this is happening”.
“We need to know if there are any other risks associated with erectiles, including the fact that erectile functions are compromised by obesity, hypertension, depression, and other stressors.”
Dr Mark Jonson, a urologic expert and the chief executive of the Royal College of Urology, said the data showed the condition is “on the rise” in the US and other developed countries.
We know that there can be a difference in how women have difficulty achieving orgasm and this can contribute to their poor sexual health.””
It has not been previously recognised that there are different types of erectiles and that there is an overlap between the male and female sexual dysfunctions.”
We know that there can be a difference in how women have difficulty achieving orgasm and this can contribute to their poor sexual health.
“The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) said it was working with the health service to develop a test.
A spokeswoman said:”The VA is working to develop an improved test for men and women who are at increased risks of erectiliatry disorder.”
The test is now available at hospitals and clinics.