Erectile dysfunction (ED), or impotence, is the inability to get or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse. Many men experience ED as they get older – especially if they have health conditions that increase their risk of developing ED, such as diabetes or high blood pressure.
Determining whether you have ED or something else requires a diagnosis from a doctor, preferably a urologist. If you suspect you may have ED, here is what you can expect during your doctor’s appointment.
Be Ready to Answer the Doctor’s Questions
When you go in for an appointment with a urologist to get checked for ED, there are several things the doctor will ask you. It’s best to go into the appointment prepared to have an in-depth discussion. Urologists are experts in men’s health issues. Make sure you are open and honest about your symptoms.
Here are some basic questions which may come up during your appointment that will help your doctor determine whether you have ED:
- How often do you have difficulty getting and keeping an erection?
- Are you able to maintain an erection during intercourse?
- Have you had any surgeries, treatments, or injuries (including from sports) in the lower abdominal area?
- Are there any problems or stressors in your personal or professional life?
Medical Tests to Determine Erectile Dysfunction
ED can be caused by a variety of issues, and no single factor can determine whether you have the condition. Your urologist will use a series of tools to come to a diagnosis. Here are some ways doctors test for ED:
- Physical Exam – The doctor will perform one or more tests to determine whether you have good nerve sensation and for any apparent issues.
- Psychological Exam – The doctor will ask you questions about how you feel, how your personal life and work life are going, as well as any other psychological issues that may be affecting you.
- Blood Test – A blood test can check for underlying health conditions that may be causing or exacerbating your ED symptoms. They include diabetes, low testosterone levels, and heart disease.
- Urinalysis – A urine test can help find signs of diabetes or other health conditions that could be playing a role.
Treatment for ED
Based on the results of the medical tests, physical exam, and psychological exam, your doctor will determine whether you have ED or something else whose side effects include ED. If you do have ED, your doctor will discuss treatment options with you to help manage the condition.
Your doctor will prescribe treatments based on the severity of your ED and the results you desire. Treatments and therapies include oral medications, vacuum erection devices, penile injection therapy, intra-urethral suppositories, and penile implants. Treatment will also likely include lifestyle changes, such as losing weight, exercising, and maintaining a healthy diet.
Erectile Dysfunction Diagnosis and Treatment
If you are experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction, contact Ironwood Urology today. Dr. Desi Avila is a board-certified urologist who specializes in men’s health and urological conditions.
To make an appointment, call our friendly staff at (480) 961-2323 or request an appointment online now. We look forward to helping you feel great about yourself again.