Skip to content

    Erectile Dysfunction Health Center

    Font Size
    A
    A
    A

    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 (U.S.)
    www.kidney.niddk.nih.gov
    Urology Care Foundation (U.S.)
    www.urologyhealth.org

    Related Information

    Other Works Consulted

    • Bella AJ, Lue TF (2008). Male sexual dysfunction. In EA Tanagho, JW McAninch, eds., Smith's General Urology, 17th ed., pp. 589-610. New York: McGraw-Hill.

    • Burnett AL (2012). Evaluation and management of erectile dysfunction. In AJ Wein et al., eds., Campbell-Walsh Urology, 10th ed., vol. 1, pp. 721-748. Philadelphia: Saunders.

    1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7

    WebMD Medical Reference from Healthwise

    Last Updated: September 09, 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.

    Today on WebMD

    handsome midadult man
    11 tips to protect your erection.
    man and woman on beach
    How much do you know about ED?
     
    stress in bed
    Things that can deflate erections.
    senior couple hugging
    How medications work.
     
    concerned man
    Article
    stress in bed
    Slideshow
     
    Life Cycle of a Penis
    Article
    Mens Body Problem
    Slideshow
     
    bored man
    Article
    Lamm Erections Over Life
    Video
     
    Food Men 10 Foods Boost Male Health
    Article
    senior couple hugging
    Article
     

    WebMD Special Sections