Many men who suffer from some kind of erectile dysfunction will often resist getting medical attention because they are embarrassed and sometimes even ashamed by their condition.
Erectile dysfunction is exceedingly common in the United States and around the world. There really is nothing to be embarrassed or ashamed about. Your doctor has probably dealt with many cases of sexual dysfunction. If you are feeling anxious about getting medical attention, it may help you feel better to prepare for your initial examination.
Basic Questions Doctors will Ask
1. What’s current state of your sex life ?
This is a basic health question that should render no embarrassment on either patient or doctor. This is your first opportunity to explain to the doctor the problems you have been having. There’s no need to be graphic if you don’t want to. Simply let your doctor know the basic problem at hand, such as “I can’t seem to sustain erection for more than a few moments” or “I can’t achieve an erection.”
2. What’s your current health and health history ?
You will be asked the standard questions about your health history. The doctor will ask about any history of injuries, including injuries received during pelvic surgery, prostate surgery, radiation, or any other source of possible trauma. They will want to know about any surgeries you may have had.
3. Which medications are you taking ?
They will want a detailed list of every medication you are taking, or have taken during the last year. This includes any dietary supplements and vitamins. Many patients overlook telling their doctors about any dietary supplements they may be taken, mistakenly believing that they are not relevant. When the doctor is trying to make a diagnosis, nearly nothing is irrelevant.
4. What’s your sex history ?
They will want to know if you have experienced any bouts with erectile dysfunction in the past. They will want to know if you are satisfied with your sexual life. If your problem appears more complex, they may ask for more specific information about what happens when you attempt to have sexual intercourse. They need a complete and clear description in order to make the right diagnosis.
5. What’s your daily lifestyle ?
Your doctor will want to know if you smoke cigarettes, drink excessively or take part in substance abuse. All of these lifestyle factors can contribute to the onset of sexual dysfunction, so it is important that you be honest with your doctor.
6. Are you stressed ?
Erectile dysfunction can be the result of stress, so your doctor will want to know if there are any stressors in your life that may be contributing to the problem.
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