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When should you call your doctor about erectile dysfunction (ED)?

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Pick up the phone if your ED worries you so much that it causes anxiety or threatens your sexual relationship. At the very least, your doctor can clear up misinformation, which often makes sexual problems worse. Sometimes taking medication for a short time can get you through a rough patch, too.

Also talk to the doctor if it's painful to get an erection or difficult because your penis is curved (a condition called Peyronie's disease).

If the problem doesn't go away, it could be an early warning sign of a more serious, larger condition. For example, the penile artery can get narrower because of coronary artery disease or diabetes.

SOURCES:

Montague, D. , July 2005. Journal of Urology

Ginsberg, T. , September 2006. Medical Clinics of North America

Albersen M. , Jan. 1, 2011. Medical Clinics of  North America

Heidelbaugh J. American Family Physician, Feb. 1, 2010.

Lee M. , Aug. 11, 2009. BJU International

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Aromatherapy May Make Good Scents, But Does It Work?" "Ginkgo," "Asian Ginseng."

Rakel, R. , 8th ed, W.B. Saunders Company, 2011. Textbook of Family Medicine

Bope, E. , 1st Edition, Saunders, 2011. Conn's Current Therapy 2012

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

SOURCES:

Montague, D. , July 2005. Journal of Urology

Ginsberg, T. , September 2006. Medical Clinics of North America

Albersen M. , Jan. 1, 2011. Medical Clinics of  North America

Heidelbaugh J. American Family Physician, Feb. 1, 2010.

Lee M. , Aug. 11, 2009. BJU International

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Aromatherapy May Make Good Scents, But Does It Work?" "Ginkgo," "Asian Ginseng."

Rakel, R. , 8th ed, W.B. Saunders Company, 2011. Textbook of Family Medicine

Bope, E. , 1st Edition, Saunders, 2011. Conn's Current Therapy 2012

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on April 25, 2019

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