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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know my ED is not in my head?

It's hard to know. Health providers now realize that most men have an underlying physical cause of ED, and that often both physical and psychological factors will affect 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. But because erections can last too long with drug therapy, combining treatment should only be done after talking with your health care provider. Ask your doctor for proper instructions.

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

Never stop or change any drug without first talking to your health care provider. Many drugs can cause ED, but some cannot be changed because the health benefits of the drug are too important. If you are certain 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, many ED treatments can be used and can help.

What Questions Should I Ask My Health Care Provider?

  • What is ED?
  • What causes ED?
  • Can ED be prevented?
  • Can you help me, or do I need to see a specialist in ED? If so, how can I find the right one for me?
  • Will I need to have tests to find out what is causing my ED? Why are you recommending them?
  • What types of treatments are available for ED?
  • What treatment do you suggest for me and why?
  • Are there side effects from treatment?
  • What are the pros and cons of each type of treatment you recommend for me?
  • What happens if the first treatment doesn't help?
  • Are there any lifestyle changes I can make that could help my symptoms?