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Testing and Diagnosing Erectile Dysfunction

Frequent problems achieving and maintaining erections may be the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, which is the issue encountered by men of all ages, but especially those over the age of 40. When it comes to diagnosing the causes of erectile dysfunction it definitely requires a complex approach. There is a variety of health issues that can lead to the development of erectile dysfunction, so determining the right problem or several problems is essential.

Which tests are performed to determine the causes of erectile dysfunction?

What makes erectile dysfunction quite difficult to diagnose is how much different health issues can contribute to its development. Before deciding which tests to go through, you should consult a urologist or a medical advisor experienced in this area. To create a clear picture of your health, you should provide your medical specialist with a detailed history of diseases and surgeries that you may have gone through. In some cases determining the causes of erectile dysfunction requires a complete physical exam, but you should definitely start your tests with the most problematic area depending on your medical history. Also, inform your healthcare provider if you’re taking any drugs or supplements, as they may play a role in worsening your ability to experience erections. Some of the widespread tests include:

  • Lipid blood test. The test determines the level of cholesterol to exclude the possibility of atherosclerosis.
  •  Blood hormones test. The tests are used to figure out whether you have low testosterone levels  or other hormonal imbalances.
  •  Analysis of urine. The analysis helps determine the levels of protein and glucose in the body, which is valuable in diagnosing diabetes.
  •  Thyroid function check. The hormones of thyroid can significantly influence the sexual function, and their decrease may lead to erectile issues.
  •  Glucose blood tests. The test is performed to determine whether a patient may suffer from diabetes.
  •  Heart function test. Cardiogram and various heart tests help determine if you have a certain heart disease that leads to poor blood circulation.
  •  Liver and kidney blood tests. The tests can show if the reason for ED is in the poor function of the liver of kidneys.

In addition to the mentioned tests, there are procedures that are used to evaluate the sensitivity of penis and nerve functions in the area, as their damage may cause the inability to achieve erections.

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