Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is not new to your doctor, who has seen other men with this problem. You will also not be the last to go to an appointment because of this problem, so you have no reason to feel embarrassed. Still, you may feel ashamed. That is a normal reaction. Don’t worry about it. Together, your doctor may remove the obstacles in their intimate life, choosing the most appropriate treatment option for you and your partner.
Remember that your doctor will keep your conversations confidential. That is the law. It is doctor-patient confidentiality.
How you can start the conversation?
It will be easier to talk to your doctor by providing some basic information.
Sometimes it is difficult to talk about intimate matters. Here are some tips to start the conversation:
- I would like to talk to you about Erectile Dysfunction
- I feel ED is breaking my marriage.
- I have some difficulty getting an erection
- Intimacy is becoming a problem for me and my partner
- Because of Erectile Dysfunction, I have to plan intimate moments with my partner
- I do not know if I will ever manage to get erections again
- What are the latest developments in ED
Some questions your doctor may ask you.
It is likely that, after starting the conversation, ask your doctor more information about your health, lifestyle, relationship and medicines you may be taking. Here are some of the questions that your doctor can pose you:
- How long have you had erection problems?
- How often do you have erections?
- Do you have erections when you wake up in the morning?
- Were you diagnosed with health problems before?
- What other medications are you taking?
- Do you suffer from high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes?
If your doctor makes a diagnosis for erectile dysfunction, he/she may recommend various treatment options. You can prepare some questions for consultation, in order to get the information you need to choose the right option for you. Below we suggest some examples:
- What are the treatment options for Erectile Dysfunction?
- What are the main differences between those treatments?
- When and how are applied / used?
- What is their level of effectiveness?
- Do the treatment involves some risks?
- What are the potential side effects?
Be candid with your doctor. Being to shy or withholding information from your doctor will eventually only lead to hurting yourself.
TIP: Read our ED Questions and Answers to get more ideas.