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Diagnosing and Understanding the Different Types of ED

There are different ways to diagnose erectile dysfunction with the help of medical and sexual history.

When it comes to a condition such as Erectile Dysfunction or ED, majority of the people feel hesitant to address it. But you must know that there are treatment plans offered by experienced doctors for ED and it is curable. In many cases, ED can be a cause of an underlying health condition and is not considered normal at any age for a man. The issues of ED can be related to other difficulties that hinder sexual intercourse which include issues with orgasm or lack of desire, to name a few. In a nutshell, ED can be defined as difficulty in getting an erection that is needed for sex.

Different types of ED

  1. Stress, anxiety, or emotional and psychological reasons

  2. Restricted blood flow in the penis or nerve signaling

  3. Any other underlying health condition such as high blood pressure, blockage in arteries, heart disease, etc

  4. Hormonal imbalances

How to diagnose ED?

If you realize that you are suffering from the condition of ED, you first need to schedule an appointment with your doctor. There are different ways to diagnose erectile dysfunction with the help of medical and sexual history. You must be open with your doctor and answer all the questions without any hesitation for the correct diagnosis.

Questions asked while taking medical and sexual history:

  • For how much time are you able to maintain the erection during sexual intercourse?

  • Do you take any prescribed or over-the-counter medication?

  • Are you suffering from any health issues?

  • How would you rate your confidence to keep up the erection?

  • Do you wake up in the morning with an erection?

  • Have you undergone any surgeries that have damaged any nerves near the penis?

  • Do you smoke or consume alcohol, if yes, how much?

  • What can you say about your sexual desire?

Once you answer all the questions, the doctor will be able to figure out your ED problem. Medical history helps with the cause of ED and sexual history helps in diagnosing the issues related to erection, climax, and sexual desire, to name a few.

Physical and mental examination

Now the next part of diagnosing ED is the physical and mental examination along with the lab tests. When performing the physical examination, the doctor or the healthcare professional will check your penis regarding its sensitivity and appearance. For the mental examination, you will be asked a series of questions that address any of your emotional or psychological issues that might be the reason for ED.

The lab tests include blood tests to check diabetes and testosterone levels. The doctor might recommend you undergo penile Doppler to check the blood circulation. All in all, if you are doubtful of suffering from ED, you need to go to the doctor, who can offer you the best help and a treatment plan, based on your symptoms.

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