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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.
  • 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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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 20
  1. Erectile Dysfunction. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/erectile-dysfunction/diagnosis-treatment/drc-20355782
  2. Heidelbaugh JJ. Management of erectile dysfunction. Am Fam Physician. 2010 Feb 1;81(3):305-312.
  3. Sadovsky R. Asking the questions and offering solutions: the ongoing dialogue between the primary care physician and the patient with erectile dysfunction. Rev Urol. 2003;5(suppl 7):S35-S48.
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