Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction) (cont.)
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Because both physical and psychological factors are often involved, it may be difficult to diagnose the exact cause of your erection problem.
As part of the initial evaluation, your health professional may:
At this point, oral medicines such as sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra) are often recommended unless an easily treated cause (such as a medicine side effect or testosterone deficiency) has been identified. If oral medicines do not work or your doctor feels more testing is needed, he or she may recommend:
An ultrasound may be done if your doctor suspects you have a circulation problem (peripheral arterial disease). Even if the blood vessels cannot be repaired, it may be helpful to know if you have this condition because it may mean you have a risk for other blood vessel (vascular) problems.
In very rare cases, an angiography may be done. This is an X-ray test of blood flow through an artery. Its usefulness is limited, because treatment to repair the blood vessels that supply blood to the penis is appropriate for very few men.
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