Preparing for Your First ED Exam
Tests for erectile dysfunction (Erectile Dysfunction Cause) are done to diagnose the real cause for a man’s erection problem. Your doctor will ask you a few questions about your sexual history (Performance Anxiety) and then perform a physical ED exam to find the cause. The physical exam typically involves:
- Blood pressure (Blood Pressure | ED) measurement
- Penis and testicles checkup
- Blood tests to check follicle-stimulating hormone, luteinizing hormone, prolactin, and thyroid hormone levels
- Complete blood count, cholesterol, blood glucose (Diabetes and Erectile Dysfunction), and triglyceride
- Urine test
If the results of the tests are normal, you may be asked to try a medication therapy, including sildenafil, tadalafil, or vardenafil (Vardenafil Wiki Page), before undergoing more tests.
How To Prepare for First ED Exam
Before your first appointment, it’s important that you:
- Create a list of questions to ask your doctor
- Prepare a list of symptoms you’ve had, including those that seem unrelated to ED
- Note key personal information, including stresses (Jobs and Sexual Life, Stress is a Killer) in life
- Make a list of the medications, supplements, and vitamins you take
What Questions To Ask Your Doctor Prior to an ED Exam
Prepare a list of questions for your doctor to get most of your queries solved. Here is a list of questions that you may ask the physician:
- What kinds of tests for erectile dysfunction are needed?
- What is the cause for my erection problem?
- Is my ED problem temporary or chronic?
- I have some other health conditions. Can they be linked to ED?
- What’s the best treatment (ED Treatment Options| Erectile Dysfunction Treatment Options | Dr Elist Interview)?
- Are there any alternative therapies?
- Are there any eating (Eat Healthy on A Budget)or lifestyle (Ways to Enhance Sexual Experience) restrictions?
- Is there a generic alternative to this prescription medicine?
- Should I see a specialist? Will my insurance cover the cost of a specialist?
- Can I take any brochures or printed material home?
- What to expect from the prescribed therapy?
- Are there any side effects?
- Are there any precautions to follow?
Tests for First ED Exam
Do not take any medicines before your nocturnal penile tumescence test that cause an erection, such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra. Avoid consuming alcohol (Alcohol Binge Drinking, Dr. Elist’s Advice) or taking any sleeping pills two days before the test. Alcohol and pills can significantly alter your rapid eye movement sleep time. Any changes in the REM can impact nocturnal erections.
It is important to inform your doctor of any allergies to certain medicines. It is particularly important that your doctor knows about any such allergic reactions if you are having an intracavernosal injection test. While you prepare for first ED exam, don’t forget to let your physician know that you are taking blood-thinners or have any bleeding problems.
Your doctor may suggest you to avoid any products that contain nicotine for at least 30 minutes before the test.