Diagnosis of Erectile Dysfunction

Such a diagnosis is made if the mans body is not able to maintain an erection in 25% of sexual acts. Erectile
dysfunction is one of the most common disorders among men of different ages.

Fact: Worldwide statistics show that among men over 40 years of age, 150 million suffer from this disorder.

In order to properly prescribe treatment, it is necessary to understand the cause of the disorder. Simple pills
to improve erection in most cases do not solve dysfunction. The cause of this problem may be, for example,
vascular disease. If you do not identify it on time, then a stroke or heart attack is possible in a few years.
Detailed diagnostics gives the specialist the opportunity to draw up the correct treatment plan for the cause
of erectile dysfunction, thus tokill two birds with one stone and avoid serious consequences.

Approximate exam plan
Individually, the doctor order number of examinations that need to be done get the diagnosis. Usually,
it looks like this:
1. Analysis of the history of the disease.
2. Laboratory studies.
3. Physical diagnostics (examination, palpation, etc., not only of the penis, but also of the chest, abdomen).
4. Additional tests and exams.
Thus, consultation with a doctor helps to determine when sexual problems have arisen, whether there have
been stressful situations before, how this condition has developed, etc. Even minor details can help
in drawing up a complete picture.
Very important: a conversation with the patient can indicate psychological problems, then he is redirected
to a specialist. Of all cases of impotence 40% have a psychological cause!
Laboratory tests include blood tests, most often hormones. Blood glucose and lipid levels are also checked
(diabetes and hyperlipidemia lead to erectile dysfunction).

Specifying diagnostic methods
If previous tests and consultation did not give grounds for identifying the cause of erectile dysfunction,special
methods are ordered:
• Biothesiometrydetermines the level of sensitivity of the penis;
• Electromyography studies muscle potential;
• Ultrasound examination of the genital organs;
• Doppler / duplex sonography studies blood circulation in the area of interest;
• Intracavernous injection test checks the functionality of an erection.
• Registration of penile tumescence night checks the erectile mechanism.

In most cases, the results of these studies will receive enough information to make a diagnosis. However,
additional examination of the thyroid gland sometimes is required if there is a suspicion of endocrine disease.
Erectile dysfunction is treated, but not all men know it. Only 6% of cases do not have successful resolution
of the diagnosis and treatment. The rest of the cases, the doctor quickly finds the cause of the problem and
prescribes an effective therapy.

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