If the problem happens occasionally and in transient episodes, having and maintain an erection should not be a concern. The reasons should be natural and temporary such as fatigue, stress or the side effects of a particular medication. However, some men have a frequent and chronic problem known as erectile dysfunction or ED. Although aging is not the only cause, the problem seems to happen more in older men. For three out of every four men with erectile dysfunction, the reason is always physical and here is where the need to see a physician becomes urgent.
How your physician can assist
These are the reasons why you should see a doctor on erectile dysfunction rather than dealing with the problem on your own:
- It is treatable: sometimes treating the condition may be as simple as taking a pill that your local physician prescribes. Other options may include:
- penile implants inserted surgically
- vacuum pumps to boost the flow of blood to the penis
- There is the likelihood of some more serious health implications such as:
- Hypertension otherwise known as high blood pressure
- Your doctor may also link the condition to other treatments such as:
- Radiation therapy
- Prostate Surgery
If your physician can root out the cause for erectile dysfunction, they can also assist you have a good time in your bedroom. Your doctor can also assist you in identifying a suitable professional in mental health to assist you if the cause of erectile dysfunction is anxiety, stress or depression. The very first thing to do is make an appointment with your doctor. The second step is to write down a list of the things that your doctor may want to know. The list should include the following:
- All the medications that you are currently taking. These should also include any over the counter drugs, prescriptions, supplements, vitamins and herbal remedies.
- Critical personal information. Have there been any big changes in routine either at work or at home? Are you undergoing stress?
- The facts about the symptoms of erectile dysfunction like when did they start? Did they set in slowly or hastily? What happens immediately you want to have sex? Do the symptoms happen at random or under certain circumstances?
One of the important things that you should consider whenever you want to visit a doctor on erectile dysfunction is whether to bring your partner with you. This will prove to be important whenever you forget some details that the doctor requires and she fills them in for you.
What you should ask your doctor about erectile dysfunction.
Before you leave your doctor’s office, you should seek to have the following questions answered
- The likely cause of the condition?
- How long are the symptoms going to last, temporary or long-term?
- Is my ED condition treatable?
- What are the available options for treatment?
- Do I need to see a specialist?
- Does the state have an impact on my lifestyle?
To most men, talking to a physician about erectile dysfunction may be quite tricky at first. However, starting the conversation will be very helpful and worth it at the end.