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Tests for Erection Problems

What Affects the Test

Reasons you may not be able to have the test or why the results may not be helpful include:

  • Anxiety or pain while having the intracavernosal injection test.
  • Sleep problems or the use of sleeping pills.
  • The use of tobacco, alcohol, or illegal drugs.

What To Think About

  • Your doctor may do a digital rectal examination to check your prostate gland. To learn more, see the topic Digital Rectal Examination (DRE).
  • Doppler ultrasound may not be widely available. To learn more, see the topic Doppler Ultrasound.
  • Occasional erection problems are normal. If you are usually able to have and maintain a full erection, tests are usually not needed. Your erection problem may be from stress or anxiety or relationship problems.
  • Psychological tests may be recommended if no physical cause is found for your erection problem. You may want to see a counselor who specializes in sexual problems.
  • An angiogram may be recommended if initial tests can't find a cause for your erection problems. An angiogram is an X-ray test that takes pictures of the blood flow in an artery. To learn more, see the topic Angiogram. Experts are not sure how useful the angiogram test is because treatment to repair the blood vessels of the penis will be a choice for only a few men with this specific problem.
  • Dorsal nerve conduction test, evoked potential studies, and penile biothesiometry are extensive neurologic tests to check the nerve supply to the penis. These nervous system tests are not generally done or are not widely available.

Other Places To Get Help

Organizations

National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse
3 Information Way
Bethesda, MD  20892-3580
Phone: 1-800-891-5390
TDD: 1-866-569-1162
Fax: (703) 738-4929
Email: nkudic@info.niddk.nih.gov
Web Address: www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov
 

The National Kidney and Urologic Diseases Information Clearinghouse (NKUDIC) provides information about diseases of the kidneys and urologic system to people with these problems and to their families, to health professionals, and to the public. NKUDIC answers inquiries; develops, reviews, and distributes publications; and works closely with professional and patient groups and government agencies to coordinate resources about kidney and urologic diseases.

NKUDIC, a federal agency, is a service of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). NIDDK is part of the National Institutes of Health under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.


Urology Care Foundation: The Official Foundation of the American Urological Association
1000 Corporate Boulevard
Linthicum, MD 21090
Phone: 1-800-828-7866
Phone: (410) 689-3700
Fax: (410) 689-3998
Email: info@urologycarefoundation.org
Web Address: www.urologyhealth.org
 

UrologyHealth.org is a website written by urologists for patients. Visitors can find specific topics by using the "search" option.

The website provides information about adult and pediatric urologic topics, including kidney, bladder, and prostate conditions. You can find a urologist, sign up for a free quarterly newsletter, or click on the Urology A–Z page to find information about urologic problems.


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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