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Erection Problems (Erectile Dysfunction) - Exams and Tests

Because both physical and mental factors are often involved, it may be difficult to diagnose the exact cause of your erection problem.

To start, your doctor may:

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At this point, pills such as sildenafil (for example, Viagra), tadalafil (for example, Cialis), and vardenafil (for example, Levitra) are often recommended unless an easily treated cause (such as a medicine side effect or testosterone deficiency) has been identified.

If pills don't work or if your doctor feels more testing is needed, he or she may recommend:

  • Specific tests for erection problems. These tests help find out whether physical or mental factors are causing your erection problem.
  • A psychological evaluation, if a mental issue is suspected.

An ultrasound may be done if your doctor thinks you may have a circulation problem (peripheral arterial disease).

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: January 27, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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