Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction) (cont.)
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When To Call a Doctor
Call your doctor now or seek immediate medical care if:
Call a doctor if erection problems occur:
If your erection problem is occasional, there is no reason to call your doctor. If it happens often and upsets you or your partner, it is okay to call your doctor. If an erection problem does not bother you or your partner, you may choose not to call your doctor.
Watchful waiting means a "wait-and-see" approach. A single episode of an erection problem is often a temporary and easily reversible problem. Do not assume it will happen again. If possible, forget about it and expect a more successful experience the next time. If you or your partner is concerned about it, talk about the problem and openly discuss your fears and anxieties.
If self-care has not helped after 2 weeks and you are concerned about your inability to have an erection, see a doctor who has experience in dealing with erection problems.
Who To See
Some health professionals, including doctors and mental health professionals, may not feel comfortable discussing sexuality and erection problems. Ask your health professional if he or she feels comfortable with and has experience in working with men who have erection problems.
The following health professionals can evaluate symptoms of erection problems:
If it is possible that a psychological problem is contributing to your erection problem, your doctor may refer you to a health professional such as a:
To prepare for your appointment, see the topic Making the Most of Your Appointment.
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