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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).

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    Last Updated: January 27, 2014
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