What To Expect At The Doctor’s Office

Talking about ED can be difficult. When you meet with your doctor, you might use a phrase like “I’ve been having problems in the bedroom” or “I’ve been having erection problems.” Remember that a healthy sex life is part of a healthy life. Don’t feel embarrassed about seeking help. ED is a medical problem, and your doctor treats medical problems every day.

Your partner may want to come with you to see the doctor. Many doctors say ED is easier to treat when both partners are involved.

To find the cause of your ED, your doctor will take a complete medical history and do a physical exam.

Physical Exam

A physical exam can help your doctor find the cause of your ED. As part of the exam, the doctor will examine your testes and penis, take your blood pressure, and check your reflexes. A blood sample will be taken to test for diabetes, cholesterol level, and other conditions that may be associated with ED.

Your doctor might ask you questions like:

- How do you rate your confidence that you can get and keep an erection?

- When you have erections with sexual stimulation, how often are your erections hard enough for penetration?

- During sexual intercourse, how often are you able to maintain your erection after penetration?

- When you attempt sexual intercourse, how often is it satisfactory for you?

- How would you rate your level of sexual desire?

- How often are you able to reach climax and ejaculate?

- Do you have an erection when you wake up in the morning?

The answers to these questions will help your doctor understand the problem.

If talking with your doctor doesn’t put you at ease, ask for a referral to another doctor. Your doctor may send you to a urologist, a doctor who specializes in sexual and urologic problems.

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