Font Size
A
A
A

Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction (cont.)

Laboratory Testing

Laboratory testing is needed for some men. Tests such as these may be performed:

  • Your hormonal status for testosterone (the male hormone) is evaluated, particularly if one of your symptoms is low sexual desire (low libido).
    • Blood tests for testosterone should ideally be taken early in the morning because that is when levels are usually at their highest.
    • Blood may also be tested for other hormones that can affect sexual function (eg, luteinizing hormone, prolactin).
  • Your blood may be checked for glucose (sugar), cholesterol, thyroid function, triglycerides, and prostate specific antigen (PSA).
  • A urinalysis looking for blood cells, protein, and glucose (sugar) may also be done.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 8/4/2014
Medical Author:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:
Medical Editor:

Must Read Articles Related to Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile Dysfunction
Impotence/Erectile Dysfunction Erectile dysfunction (ED) or male impotence is defined as the inability of a man to achieve and maintain an erection sufficient for mutually satisfactory interc...learn more >>
Testicular Self-Exam
Testicular Self-Exam A testicular self-examination (TSE) is useful in the detection of cancer of the testicles. Testicular cancer is the most common solid tumor found in males age 2...learn more >>

Patient Comments & Reviews

The eMedicineHealth doctors ask about Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction:

Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction - Patient Experience

What kind of testing did you receive to diagnose your erectile dysfunction?




Read What Your Physician is Reading on Medscape

Erectile Dysfuncton »

Sexual health and function are important determinants of quality of life.

Read More on Medscape Reference »


Medical Dictionary