With the educational information out there about erectile dysfunction, many men are realizing they can do something about it. The first step is to schedule an appointment with your doctor. You should be comfortable enough with this person to talk about the issue.
Remember that they are professionals and they have dealt with similar cases all the time. A man can have lots of anxiety waiting for that appointment to take place. Knowing what to expect with the evaluation can help to reduce the stress of the unknown. If you don’t have a regular doctor then start looking for one that has a great reputation.
You need to understand that there are different reasons why erectile dysfunction occurs. With so many possible causes, your doctor has a number of tests he can use to figure out the best treatment for you. Therefore the evaluation isn’t going to be rushed. You will be subjected to a complete physical exam. You will also need to answer a lengthy questionnaire. It is going to cover many aspects including your health history, family medical history, medications you use, lifestyle habits, and sexual habits.
You will also be asked about your stress levels and mental health because those factors can result in erectile dysfunction as well. Make sure you are 100% honest with your doctor during all of this. That way they will help you get passed this issue. For example, if you take illegal drugs or even those prescribed for someone else you need to tell them about it.
The physical exam is a part of the overall evaluation that many men don’t like. This process involves touching the penis in a variety of ways. Your doctor will check your penis and testicles to make sure they look normal and their nerves work as expected. This is done so the doctor can find out how sensitive it is to touch. The problem could be with the messages getting to the nerve endings and this process allows your doctor to evaluate that factor.
Sometimes there can be physical characteristics in the genitals that indicate an injury or that the hormones in the body are out of balance. Some men have a curved penis which can make it harder to get and maintain an erection normally. Signs of swelling in various areas of the body can indicate that circulation isn’t what it should be. That is important because poor circulation can prevent blood from flowing towards the penis.
Blood will be taken to test for various types of medical problems. In most instances, it is only one tube that needs to be extracted from the body. This blood will be transferred to a lab for evaluation. Within a couple of days, your doctor will have those results back to share with you.
If your questionnaire indicates that you may have some type of psychological problem that affects your ability to get an erection it will be examined further. Your doctor may want to ask you a series of questions that can help to identify if you need to be referred for counselling. Once again you need to be very honest with your answers to such questions. Otherwise, the true cause of erectile dysfunction may not be discovered.
Your doctor may use an overnight erection test to see whether you’re able to get an erection. This can be done by a sexual partner or at a clinic. If you are able to get and maintain an erection as you sleep then it does indicate physiological factors are at the root of the problem. It will rule out a physical ability to get an erection.
It is your right to ask questions as you are being evaluated for erectile dysfunction. If you don’t feel comfortable with what is taking place speak up. Tell your doctor about the problem you are facing and why it is necessary. Too many men are intimidated at the doctor’s office and they don’t stand up for their needs.
By knowing what will be taking place with an erectile dysfunction evaluation you will be more prepared for the process and ready with your questions. The process isn’t painful and it can help you to get the right treatment you need in order to enjoy sex again.