A doctor, such as a urologist, typically diagnoses erectile problems or ED through a medical and sexual history, a thorough physical exam, and occasionally lab tests and imaging. While it may be difficult to talk to a healthcare professional about ED, it’s important to remember that the more he or she knows about your condition, the more likely it is they’ll be able to help you with your sexual health.
Taking a medical and sexual history is one of the first things a doctor will do to help diagnose ED. He or she will ask you to provide information, such as
All of this information can help your doctor understand the erectile problems you may be having. A comprehensive medical history can reveal possible causes and underlying diseases that may be contributing to your erectile difficulties, as well as help to identify the most effective treatment plan.
Your doctor may ask you some personal questions and use a questionnaire to help diagnose any psychological or emotional issues that may be leading to ED. He or she also will perform a thorough physical exam to help diagnose the causes of ED, and identify if the problem might be a nervous system issue, Peyronie’s disease, hormonal problems, circulation issues, or another root physical cause.
If nothing conclusive is found with these initial tests, your doctor may order any of the following tests to further diagnose your condition:
Once you and your healthcare provider determine the possible causes of your erectile difficulties, consider helping your physical symptoms through penile exercises and vacuum pumps that can help restore sexual function and improve erectile difficulties. Vacuum pumps are easy to use, and as the world’s only hydro pump, VaxAid pumps use water to provide a safe, solid cushion around the penis. They can easily be incorporated as part of your daily wash routine and are an easy, non-invasive way to help restore sexual function over time.