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Erectile Dysfunction Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Please describe the symptoms and issues you’re having that led you to schedule this online appointment. Start at the beginning of this current episode and tell me how and when things have changed and progressed.
  • How confident are you that you can get and keep an erection?
  • How often are your erections firm enough for sexual intercourse?
  • How often are you able to complete sexual intercourse with an erection?
  • How often do you find it difficult to maintain an erection throughout intercourse?
  • How often is sexual intercourse satisfying for you?
  • When did you first notice difficulty with erections?
  • How often do you notice problems getting or sustaining an erection?
  • Do you get erections during sleep or masturbation?
  • What other medical conditions do you have? What medicines do you take?
  • Have you noticed changes in sexual desire?
  • Are you having relationship problems or feeling anxious, stressed or depressed?
  • What side effects are you noticing with your ED medicine?
  • What tests and treatments have you had so far?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • How is your sex life? How important is sex to you?
  • What seems to make your symptoms better or worse?
  • What causes erectile dysfunction?
  • What is the most likely cause of my erectile dysfunction?
  • Do I need any tests to diagnose the problem?
  • What can be done to treat erectile dysfunction?
  • Should I see a specialist?
  • Is my erectile dysfunction temporary or chronic?
  • How likely is it that I will be able to return to satisfying sexual function?
  • What is the plan if my current treatment stops helping?
  • What lifestyle changes should I make to help improve my erections?
  • How should I manage my other medical conditions? Are there restrictions I should follow?
  • Could a different medicine work better or without as many side effects?
  • What could be contributing to my new or different symptoms?
  • What is the best treatment plan for my erectile dysfunction?
  • How effective are ED medicines? How soon do they start working?
  • When is surgery indicated for erectile dysfunction?
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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 20
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
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