Doctors Who Treat Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be caused by physical
problems, psychological factors, or a combination of both.
Because ED is a sexual health problem, many men feel
uncomfortable or embarrassed talking about their condition. However, it is
important to get past any discomfort and discuss your ED with your doctor.
There are numerous treatment options for ED. With help, most men will be able
to find a treatment that will work for them.
Even when ED doesn’t start with psychological problems,
it can cause them. Therefore, if you have ED, you may want to talk to a mental
health professional. A sex therapist can also help you deal with the emotional
and relationship problems that can occur with ED. However, the best place to
start is with a visit to your primary care physician.
Specialists for Erectile Dysfunction
Your primary care provider (PCP) should probably be your
first stop when looking for an ED diagnosis. There are many potential causes
for ED. To determine the cause of ED, you may need a comprehensive physical
The initial investigation into ED is usually
straightforward. Then, if more information is needed, your doctor can refer you
Urologists specialize in urinary and reproductive health.
They can help diagnose any abnormalities in your reproductive system.
Endocrinologists are hormone specialists. Blood tests
can help determine if your hormone levels are abnormal. Low levels of
testosterone can cause or contribute to ED.
Mental Health Professionals
A mental health professional can help determine if
psychological issues are causing or contributing to your ED. In addition, a
therapist can help you work through psychological issues during ED treatment.
Questions For Your Doctor
Questions Your Doctor May Ask
To help determine the cause of ED, your doctor may ask
questions about your medical and sexual history. Be prepared to answer such
questions as honestly as possible. Details about your past may provide important
clues to the cause of your ED.
According to the Mayo
Clinic, your doctor might want to know about:
- other health problems and chronic conditions
- other sexual problems
- changes in sexual desire
- whether you get erections during
- whether you get erections while you sleep
- problems in your sexual relationship
- when your sexual problems started
- how often your ED symptoms occur
- what improves or worsens your ED symptoms
- any anxiety, depression, or stress in your
- whether you have been diagnosed with any
mental health problems
- all medications you take
- any herbal medications or supplements you
- how much alcohol you drink
- how much you smoke cigarettes
- any use of illicit drugs
to Ask Your Doctor
You should also be prepared to ask your doctor important
questions about your ED and its treatment. The Mayo
Clinic suggests asking your doctor the following questions:
- What do you think is causing my erection
- What else could be causing my ED?
- What kinds of tests do I need?
- Do you think my ED is temporary, or will it
last a long time?
- How do you think I should treat my ED
- What are other options for treatment?
- Is my ED most likely temporary or chronic?
- How will ED treatment affect my other health
conditions, and vice versa?
- Are there any foods, drugs, or behaviors I
need to avoid?
- Do you think I need to see a specialist?