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How is erectile dysfunction (ED) diagnosed?

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You’ll probably only need a physical and to talk to your doctor about your medical history. But if you have other health problems that could be the cause of your ED, you may want to see a specialist, usually a urologist, for a consultation that could include:

  • Blood tests
  • Mental health exam
  • Overnight erection test
  • Ultrasound of your penis to check blood flow
  • Urinalysis

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Erectile Dysfunction.”

Mayo Clinic: “Erectile dysfunction.”

Journal of Sexual Medicine: “One Patient Out of Four with Newly Diagnosed Erectile Dysfunction Is a Young Man -- Worrisome Picture from the Everyday Clinical Practice.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 05, 2018

SOURCES:

National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases: “Erectile Dysfunction.”

Mayo Clinic: “Erectile dysfunction.”

Journal of Sexual Medicine: “One Patient Out of Four with Newly Diagnosed Erectile Dysfunction Is a Young Man -- Worrisome Picture from the Everyday Clinical Practice.”

Reviewed by Sabrina Felson on November 05, 2018

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