More Information on Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know my ED is physical and not mental?

It's hard to know. Health providers now realize that most men have an underlying physical cause of ED. For most patients, there are both physical and emotional factors that lead to ED. It is impossible to prove that there is no psychological part to a man's ED.

If I worry about being able to get an erection, can I make a bad condition worse?

Nothing happens in the body without the brain. Worrying about your ability to get an erection can make it difficult to get one. This is called performance anxiety and can be overcome with education and treatment.

Can I combine treatment options?

This is often done. However, only combine treatments after talking with your health care provider about this. Erections can last too long with drug therapy, which is dangerous. Ask your doctor for proper instructions.

I was fine until I began taking this new drug, what should I do?

Never stop or change a prescription medication without first talking with your health care provider.

Many drugs can cause ED, but some cannot be changed because the drug's benefits are too important for you. If you feel sure that a specific drug has caused the ED problem, ask your health care provider if you can change drugs. If you must stay on the drug that is causing the problem, there are ED treatments that can help.

What Questions Should I Ask My Health Care Provider?

  • What is ED?
  • What causes ED? Can it be prevented?
  • Can you help me with ED, or do I need to see a specialist? If I need a specialist (Urologist), do you have a referral for me? 
  • What tests do you suggest to find the cause of my ED, and why? 
  • Can you check my heart and blood health?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes that could help my symptoms? 
  • What types of treatments are available?
  • What treatment do you suggest for me and why?
  • What are the pros and cons of each type of treatment you suggest?
  • What are the side effects?
  • What happens if the first treatment doesn't help?

Updated June 2018