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Erection Problems: Questions Your Doctor May Ask - Topic Overview

Your doctor may ask questions about the type of erection problem (erectile dysfunction) you have. Examples include:

  • Have you started taking any new medicines recently?
  • Do you feel depressed or have a low mood or trouble sleeping?
  • Are you having any difficulty or stress in your relationship or marriage?
  • Did the erection problem start suddenly?
  • How long have you been having erection problems?
  • When do you have erections, what are they like, and how long do they last?
  • What kind of erections do you have when masturbating?
  • Do you have erections in the morning or during the night?
  • Have you noticed a change in your desire or sexual interest?
  • Have you noticed changes in your orgasms or ejaculation?
  • Have you ever had any damage to your pelvic area (including surgery or radiation)?
  • Do you have heart disease, vascular disease, or diabetes? Have you ever had a stroke?
  • Are you having tremors, large changes in how much you weigh, diarrhea or constipation, or are you suddenly very sensitive to hot or cold temperatures?
  • Do you have headaches or problems with your peripheral vision?
  • Do you smoke cigarettes?
  • Do you drink alcohol? If yes, how much?
  • Do you have burning when you urinate or blood in your urine?
  • What expectations and motivations affect both you and your partner?

    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.

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: May 14, 2012
    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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