When meeting with a qualified physician for a potential ED diagnosis, expect to provide a complete medical and psychosexual history and to undergo a routine physical to check your overall health. You might also need basic blood tests to test your hormone levels.
When you visit with your doctor to discuss the possibility of having ED, do not be afraid to be open and honest. Do not cast your possible ED symptoms off as something else such as body pain or an internal issue in an attempt to mask the actual problem. There’s no need to be ashamed of discussing your condition with your doctor. He or she is there to help you and your consultation is 100% confidential!
Questions to ask your doctor:
- What do you think might have caused my ED?
- Is my ED treatable?
- What treatments are available for my ED?
- Can I change any habits in my lifestyle?
- Could my ED be due to any medications I’m currently taking?
- Do I need to start taking any medication to treat my ED?
- What are the possible side effects from my ED medications?
- Will I have to continue with treatment the rest of my life?
- Are you willing to discuss my erectile dysfunction with my significant other?
Questions your doctor should ask you during your consultation: (these will apply to both your erection/sex life as well as your personal life)
- During sexual intercourse, do you experience an erection?
- If yes, is your erection hard enough to penetrate?
- If you are able to penetrate, do you maintain your erection? If not, are you able to gain your erection back again?
- Are you married?
- Are you a heterosexual?
- How many sexual partners do you currently have?
- If you have more than one sexual partner, does your erectile dysfunction occur during intercourse with all of them?
- Do you currently experience morning erections?
- During masturbation, are you able to experience an erection?
- Do you smoke, drink alcohol, or take any illegal substances?
Based on your consultation, your doctor should be able to determine the cause of your ED. Whatever the cause of your erectile dysfunction, it is treatable!