What You Can Expect During Your Visit.
It’s not exactly a new phenomenon that men are less likely than women to seek medical help. Antiquated yet persistent notions of the stoic macho-man make for a situation in which societal pressures can cause men to put off seeing the doctor. When medical advice needed relates to sexual health, men can be even less likely to ask for help, choosing instead to deal with it on their own.
Whether it’s an in-person or virtual visit, men should take advantage of resources available to them to address erectile dysfunction. Here are a few things to consider and an idea of what to expect when it comes to taking the important step of talking to a doctor about erectile function issues you might be experiencing.
Occasional erectile dysfunction is common and can be due to a variety of factors. Stress, fatigue, too much alcohol, and some prescription medications can cause ED.
If that’s the case when whatever stressful situation you’re dealing with gets a little less stressful, you get a good night’s sleep, take it easy on the booze, and your body adapts to new medication, your erectile function might return to normal.
However, if you’re having trouble getting and keeping an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse more than half the time and over a period of a few months, you should talk to your doctor.
If you plan on making an in-person, give your doctor’s office a call. If you’re looking to avoid telling the receptionist the precise reason for your appointment, you can say you’re interested in discussing a men’s health problem. You can avoid the chat with the receptionist altogether by arranging an appointment online.
No matter which option you choose, you should take stock of some information beforehand.
We often revere doctors as unquestionable authority figures. Obviously, most docs are good people whose purpose is to improve your health. But that doesn’t mean that he or she should be the only one asking questions. Consider asking some yourself. Such as:
It’s also important to keep in mind that doctors are professionals who aren’t likely to be surprised by your symptoms or condition—especially something as common as ED. Be straight up with him/her and say you think you have erectile dysfunction. Some of the questions they may ask you are:
How your doctor decides to proceed in terms of next steps will depend on the doctor as well as your symptoms and potential causes. He or she may refer you to a urologist for further tests, and/or perform some basic tests right then and there:
Erectile dysfunction is a very treatable and common condition. Your doctor may prescribe medications, in combination with some recommendations for lifestyle changes. These medicines are effective and available in lower-cost generic varieties.
Whatever you and your doctor decide is the best path moving forward. Take control of your health and make an appointment with a professional asap. You won’t regret it.