If you think you may have ED, consulting your doctor is an essential step in solving the problem. Doctors are now dealing with this condition on a regular basis, and handle questions from many other patients affected by ED.
In order to arrive at an accurate diagnosis, your doctor may give you a routine physical exam and ask questions about your medical history. Remember, answering these questions openly and honestly is the key to finding a solution.
Here are some of the issues your doctor will likely want to talk about:
Questions About Your Sexual History
Your doctor will want to know:
- About the onset of your ED. Has your ED been lifelong? Did it come on suddenly or over time?
- What kind of erections you experience, if at all
Questions About Your Medical History
There are many medical conditions – and medications used to treat them – that can affect your ability to achieve and/or maintain an erection. That means your doctor is likely to ask about:
- Medical conditions you may have (for example, allergies, atherosclerosis, diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, heart attack, kidney problems, liver problems, chest pain, stroke, etc.)
- Any medications – prescription and over-the-counter – you take
- Alcohol and recreational drug use
- Groin injuries
- Common psychiatric illnesses
Making Yourself Heard
Talking to your doctor is often easier said than done. But it remains the most positive step you can take for your own well-being. Open and honest communication is the key, so if you don’t understand something, don’t be afraid to ask questions.
And remember, you’re not the first person to ask your doctor about ED so you don’t need to be embarrassed about bringing it up.
If you’re still not sure how to start the conversation with your doctor, let our MD Icebreaker do the talking for you. All you have to do is print one off, complete it and take it to your doctor.