Do you need to talk to a doctor about erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction (ED) and other erection related issues are very common reasons for most men to see a medical professional. While it can be a sensitive and embarrassing subject matter to discuss, it’s very important to be open and honest with your doctor so that you can get the best possible treatment.
There are also several diseases for which ED can be an early warning sign, so it’s never a good idea to hide this condition from doctors.
If you need to speak with a doctor about ED but don’t want to attend a physical appointment with your local GP, you can easily talk to a doctor online via video chat using Instant Consult! One of our online doctors can then asses your case and send you an electronic prescription for medications like Viagra or a referral to a specialist.
When you start talking to the doctor, there are a few qualifying questions you can ask yourself to help indicate possible causes:
- Can you get any erection at all? Do you get erect in the morning after waking up?
- If you do get an erection, is it firm enough for penetration?
- Does your erection last or does it lose its virility quickly?
While these questions may be a little awkward to discuss with a doctor, they can help narrow down the possible causes of ED. The most common reason for erection issues is listed as anxiety; however there are still some other diseases you need to eliminate from contention.
Unfortunately, because of embarrassment, many men fail to get the issue properly investigated, often finding it less awkward to just grab a script for Cialis or Viagra. This is dangerous as they may go on without addressing the underlying cause of their ED which could be a far more serious issue.
Other factors that commonly cause ED are diabetes, low testosterone, heart disease and some medications. Luckily, these can be easily tested for.
It’s also important to check your blood pressure as there may be some restriction in blood flow that is causing ED. It’s worthwhile to get some screening blood tests to check for other possible causes.
Some recommended tests are:
- Full blood count, including liver and kidneys
- Testosterone levels
- Thyroid function
- Cholesterol and blood sugar
Combining these tests can help eliminate from contention diseases that are associated with ED such as heart disease and diabetes. Remember; you can get an electronic pathology request from any one of our online doctors.
While erection difficulties can be a nightmare for most men, the good news is that they are commonly treatable as long as you seek professional medical advice. The earlier you engage the right procedure the sooner you’ll be able to overcome your ED and get back to living life as confidently as you did before.
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