Call your doctor now or seek medical care right away if:
You have an erection that lasts longer than 3 hours.
You have taken sildenafil (for example, Viagra) or vardenafil (for example, Levitra) in the past 24 hours or tadalafil (for example, Cialis) in the past 48 hours, and you have chest pain. Do not take nitroglycerin. Make sure all the doctors you see know that you took one of these medicines.
You have erection problems that occur along with pain or difficulty with urination, fever, or pain in the lower belly.
Being unable to have or keep an erection adequate for sexual activity is the defining mark of erectile dysfunction. The problem may manifest itself in several ways. If the dysfunction:
Is transient or appearing only occasionally, the problem is not likely to be serious; all men experience problems with erections at some time in their lives.
Develops gradually and persistently, there is probably a physical cause; this is generally the case with chronic impotence.
With any type of injury to the back, legs, buttocks, groin, penis, or testicles.
With other symptoms such as loss of hair, enlargement of the breasts, or backache.
With any change to the medicine you take.
If your erection problem happens just now and then, there is no reason
to call your doctor. If it happens often and upsets you or your partner, it is okay to call your doctor. If an erection problem doesn't bother
you or your partner, you may choose not to call your doctor.
Watchful waiting means a "wait-and-see"
approach. A single episode of an erection problem is often a temporary problem that is easy to reverse. Don't assume it will happen again. Try to
forget about it, and expect a more successful experience the next time. If you
or your partner is concerned about it, talk about the problem. Openly
discuss your fears and anxieties.
If self-care has not helped
after 2 weeks and you are concerned about your erection problem,
see a doctor who has experience in dealing with these
Who to see
The following health professionals can evaluate symptoms of erection
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WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise
January 27, 2014
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