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Erectile Dysfunction: Glossary of Terms


Delayed ejaculation: A delayed ability to ejaculate either during intercourse or with manual stimulation.

Depression: A disorder characterized by feelings of extreme sadness, loss of interest in daily activities, guilt, helplessness and hopelessness, and thoughts of death.

Diagnosis: The process by which a doctor determines what disease a patient has by studying the patient's symptoms and medical history, and analyzing any tests performed (blood tests, urine tests, brain scans, etc.)

Diuretic: Drugs that promote the formation of urine by the kidney.

Duplex ultrasound of the penis: A penile test performed by bouncing sound waves off tissue to determine penile blood flow.

Dynamic infusion cavernosometry: A test in which fluid is pumped into the penis so doctors can determine the severity of a venous leak.

Ejaculate: The fluid that is expelled from a man's penis during sexual climax (orgasm).

Ejaculation: When sperm and other fluids come from the penis during sexual climax (orgasm).

Erectile dysfunction: The inability to develop or sustain an erection satisfactory for sexual intercourse.

Erection: A state in which the penis fills with blood and becomes rigid.

Glans: The head of the penis.

Hematospermia: A disorder in which blood is found in the ejaculate.

Histamine H2 receptor antagonists: Medications used to treat stomach ulcers that work by decreasing the amount of acid produced by the stomach (e.g. Zantac, Pepcid).

Hormones: Chemicals that stimulate or regulate the activity of cells or organs.

Impotence: See Erectile dysfunction.

Infertility: The inability to conceive or produce offspring.

Intercavernous injection therapy: Treatment for erectile dysfunction in which a medication is injected directly into the penis.

Intraurethral therapy: Treatment for erectile dysfunction in which a medication, in suppository form, is inserted into the urethra.

Levitra: A medication used to treat erectile dysfunction that works by increasing the flow of blood into the penis.

Libido: A person's sex drive.

Lipid profile: A blood test that measures the level of lipids (fats), such as cholesterol and triglycerides.

Luteinizing hormone (LH): A hormone produced by the pituitary gland located at the base of the brain. In men, LH stimulates the production of testosterone, a hormone necessary for sperm production. In women, LH causes ovulation.

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