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Erection Problems: Questions Your Doctor May Ask

Topic Overview

Your doctor may ask questions about the type of erection problem (erectile dysfunction) you have. Examples include:

  • Have you started taking any new medicines recently?
  • Do you feel depressed or have a low mood or trouble sleeping?
  • Are you having any difficulty or stress in your relationship or marriage?
  • Did the erection problem start suddenly?
  • How long have you been having erection problems?
  • When do you have erections, what are they like, and how long do they last?
  • What kind of erections do you have when masturbating?
  • Do you have erections in the morning or during the night?
  • Have you noticed a change in your desire or sexual interest?
  • Have you noticed changes in your orgasms or ejaculation?
  • Have you ever had any damage to your pelvic area (including surgery or radiation)?
  • Do you have heart disease, vascular disease, or diabetes? Have you ever had a stroke?
  • Are you having tremors, large changes in how much you weigh, diarrhea or constipation, or are you suddenly very sensitive to hot or cold temperatures?
  • Do you have headaches or problems with your peripheral vision?
  • Do you smoke cigarettes?
  • Do you drink alcohol? If yes, how much?
  • Do you have burning when you urinate or blood in your urine?
  • What expectations and motivations affect both you and your partner?

Credits

By Healthwise Staff
Primary Medical Reviewer E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Last Revised May 14, 2012

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