Thinking of Getting Tested for ED? Here’s What to Expect

If you have been troubled with erectile dysfunction (ED), one of your best options is consulting your doctor. The body is complex, and there could be many reasons for ED such as heart disease, high blood pressure, or poor lifestyle choices. Talking to a doctor about your erection difficulties could be an embarrassing and intimidating experience. By knowing what to expect at the doctor’s office, some of your anxieties may be calmed.

What to Expect from Your Office Visit

Medical and Sexual History Questions

Especially if you are seeing a new doctor, there will be several questions about your medical conditions and sexual history. This is so the doctor could get a clear picture about what may be causing your ED.

Physical Exam

Your doctor will conduct a thorough physical exam including your penis and testicles for any abnormalities. He will also check your heart and blood pressure to assess your blood circulation.

Blood and Urine Tests

Your doctor may order a couple of simple tests to check if you have diabetes, heart disease, kidney or thyroid problems.

Overnight Erection Test

Chances are the doctor will order an overnight erection test which you will bring home. Before you go to sleep, you place a device around your penis. It measures how many erections you have and their strength while you sleep. Overnight erections are a regular occurrence for healthy men. By using this test, the doctor could determine if the ED is a physical or emotional issue.

Ultrasound

Yes, the same procedure expecting parents use to see their child for the first time. Your doctor will use a device that utilizes sound waves to create a video. From there he could get a better look at your blood vessels and the blood flowing through them.

Going to a doctor for erectile dysfunction horrifies a lot of men. By knowing what to expect at the office, you may find the courage to pick up the phone and make the appointment. It may be embarrassing to have such scrutiny on your penis, but if your ED woes are solved, it will be well worth it.