Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a condition in which a male cannot develop or maintain an erection.
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Some common causes of erectile dysfunction are:
A physical examination, and recounting your medical history is usually sufficient for a diagnosis. During a consultation, your urologist will also go through the IIEF (International Index of Erectile Function) which is a routine questionnaire to help diagnose ED. In case your urologist suspects an underlying condition causing your dysfunction, they might suggest blood and urine tests which also check for your hormones, and in certain cases ultrasounds to check your blood flow or refer you for a psychological screening.
In case your urologist finds an underlying condition causing your erectile dysfunction, treatment will be given to address that issue or you will be referred to a specialist.
If this is not the case, listed below are the main treatments that are given in stages for erectile dysfunction. This means that your urologist will always recommend that you start with oral medications, and go through the stages and only get surgery when you have had no success otherwise.
In case your erectile dysfunction is not caused by an underlying condition, your urologist will always recommend starting off with oral medications,and use surgery as a last resort. It is vital that you take medication in the dosage that is recommended, overdosing can result in unfortunate side effects that may be harmful. Lastly, as with any treatment it is necessary to make lifestyle changes such as maintaining a healthy weight, attending counselling sessions if required, exercising regularly and avoid smoking and drinking too much.
The cost of treatment depends on a variety of factors that vary between countries. The cost of living, exchange rate and the regulations present in the country also play a role.
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