Erectile Dysfunction FAQs (cont.)
Stephen W Leslie, MD, FACS
Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS
Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Martin I Resnick, MD
IN THIS ARTICLE
What if I feel embarrassed to talk about this?
This is a delicate topic, and your doctor should be sensitive and caring to make you comfortable about sharing these intimate details of your private life. Schedule enough time with your doctor to conduct a full interview and physical examination. The first step in the medical management of erectile dysfunction is taking a thorough sexual, medical, and psychosocial history.
Your doctor will want your candid answers to questions like these so you can discuss the best treatment for you.
A physical examination is necessary. The doctor will pay particular attention to the genitals and nervous, vascular, and urinary systems. Your blood pressure will be checked because several studies have demonstrated a connection between high blood pressure and erectile dysfunction.
The physical examination will confirm information you gave the doctor in your medical history and may help reveal unsuspected disorders such as diabetes, vascular disease, penile plaques (scar tissue or firm lumps under the skin of the penis), testicular problems, low male hormone production, injury, or disease to the nerves of the penis and various prostate disorders.
You can achieve a satisfactory erection and sexual health, and working with your doctor or a specialist (urologist) is the best way to get help.
Authors and Editors
Author: Stephen W. Leslie, MD, FACS
Editor: Martin I. Resnick, MD
Editor: Bradley Fields Schwartz, DO, FACS
Editor: Francisco Talavera, PharmD, PhD
Medically reviewed by: Marcel Horowitz, MD, Board Certified in Urology
Last Editorial Review: 11/7/2013
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