How to Discuss Erectile Dysfunction with Your Doctor
Erectile dysfunction is a common condition which plagues men of all ages and backgrounds.
ED can affect not only your sex life, but also your relationship with your significant other, and both your mental and physical health. A man who suffers from ED might face depression, feelings of inadequacy and experience a great deal of undue stress which can compromise his overall quality of life.
If you have noticed problems with your sexual performance, it would be wise to consult a doctor; however, many men find this a very difficult subject to discuss out of fear of humiliation and stigmatization.
In this article, we will explore how to speak with your doctor about ED, thus enabling you to take the steps toward a more fulfilling relationship and a happier life.
ED is a very common issue in the field of men’s health, so there is little reason to be anxious about talking with a doctor.
The first step is to make an appointment – if you are uncomfortable with speaking to the receptionist about the specifics, you can simply say that you need to see the doctor about a “men’s health issue.”
Before your appointment, you will also need to prepare a list of information which might help your doctor. Give it some time before your appointment so that you are able to provide the most detailed and accurate information possible. This should include:
- Any medications you are taking (prescription, OTC, supplements, vitamins, etc).
- Information about your symptoms – when they began, the onset, regularity of the problem, etc.
- Personal information – Any sudden or stressful changes in your life? Are you dealing with an unusually heavy workload?
- Questions you want to ask the doctor
You might also consider asking your partner to attend the meeting with you. This way both of you will be able to gain a more comprehensive understanding of ED.
Questions to Ask Your Doctor
Naturally, the doctor will need to acquire a certain amount of information from you. However, there is quite a bit of information you need from the doctor! Here are a few questions you’ll probably want to ask.
- What could be causing my problem with erections?
- Are my symptoms likely to be chronic or only temporary?
- Can my ED be treated?
- What are the treatment options?
- What if the treatments don’t work?
- Will I need to see a specialist?
- Will my insurance cover the treatment and medications?
- Are there any lifestyle changes I can make that will help?
- Do you have any printed information I can read to learn more, or are there reliable web sites where I can get more information?
What to Do Once You’re at the Doctor’s Office
In your appointment, it is best to simply be straightforward. It is highly unlikely that your doctor will have any discomfort or awkwardness talking with you on the subject.
The doctor will want to know about your medical history, as well as the symptoms you are experiencing and any medications you may be on.
The doctor may also ask some personal questions related to your sexual wellbeing – whether you can get a firm erection, how long it lasts, etc. as well as lifestyle questions such as whether you smoke or drink.
It is important that you answer these questions truthfully so that your doctor can help pinpoint what might be causing your problem.
A physical exam will also be conducted, including examinations of your penis as well as your prostate. Your exam may also include lab work to help identify potentially more serious conditions such as heart disease.
ED is very common condition. You should feel no discomfort in consulting a doctor about your condition.
Talking with your doctor could not only identify other serious conditions which might be the cause of your ED, but will also help restore a more fulfilling, satisfying sex life for yourself and your partner.