How to discuss erectile dysfunction with your doctor
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be hard to talk about both with your partner and your doctor. Many men who experience erectile dysfunction are older and ED emerged in conversation only about 15 years ago – so it makes sense that they may feel uncomfortable talking about it.
But to treat ED, it’s important to have an open and honest conversation with your doctor. Most of the time, ED is the result of a physical cause and can also be a symptom of a more serious health condition (another reason to see your doctor).
You should be prepared to answer a few questions during your appointment:
- What medications are you taking?
- When did symptoms start and how frequent are they?
- Any other pertinent life information – stress, fatigue, lifestyle changes, etc.
Your doctor will ask you questions about your symptoms and medical history. Specifically, they will probably ask:
- Are you ever able to get an erection?
- Are erections strong enough for sexual activity?
- Do you lose erections after starting sexual activity, and if so, do they return?
- Are you able to achieve an erection through self-stimulation?
- Do you have erections when waking up?
You should leave the appointment knowing the possible causes of your ED and your best treatment options. Starting the ED conversation with your doctor is important and sometimes the cure is as simple as taking a pill. Other times, your doctor may recommend natural lifestyle changes that can reverse ED. Some men prefer to bring their partner, as they can often fill in missing information and help to remember everything your doctor recommends.
If you need to talk to someone about your ED, make a free consultation today. Dr. Elist diagnoses and successfully treats ED in both young men and adults. Please visit Penile Prosthesis for ED page to learn about Dr. Elist’s procedures and treatment methods.