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How to Talk to Your Doctor About ED

Bring a List of Questions

Because talking about erection problems can be embarrassing, it can be tempting to get it over with as quickly as possible. To make sure you get all the information you need, bring a list of questions to your visit. Some examples might include:

  • Is it normal to have trouble getting erections at my age?
  • Could erection problems be a sign of an underlying condition?
  • Is this a physical or psychological problem?
  • Should I consider seeing a psychotherapist?
  • Would an erectile dysfunction drug help me?
  • If I start using an ED drug, will I have to go use it forever?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes I can make to improve the quality of my erections?
  • Do I need to see an urologist or other specialist?

Grade Your Doctor’s Performance

After your appointment, think about how well the conversation went. Did your doctor make you feel comfortable talking about erection problems? Were you satisfied with the information and treatment recommendations you received? Did your doctor arrange for a follow-up appointment, to check how things are going?

If so, great. From now on, it will be easier to talk about the problem. If the appointment felt rushed or embarrassing, however, consider switching to another doctor. No matter what health issues you have, it’s important to feel comfortable talking with your doctor.

Follow Up

If your doctor prescribes a treatment, such as cholesterol-lowering drugs, blood pressure medications or one of the various treatment options for erectile dysfunction, take them as directed. Schedule regular checkups to monitor your progress. If you continue to have erection problems, sit down again with your doctor to discuss other options. Almost all erection problems can be treated, so don’t give up.

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Reviewed by Brunilda Nazario, MD on June 13, 2013
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