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Understanding the Diagnostic Process for ED.

Here is a brief overview of the diagnostic process for ED problems.

How is ED diagnosed?

While psychological factors are responsible for about 10%-20% of all cases of erectile dysfunction, they are often a secondary reaction to an underlying physical cause. The physical causes are wide ranging, and specialists need to make a thorough diagnosis for each patient in order to determine the underlying causes.

The Combined Intracavernous Injection and Stimulation (CIS) Test is the most commonly used test for evaluating and diagnosing ED, and uses penile injections, visual, or manual sexual stimulation to induce an erection. A blood test is a useful diagnostic tool for all sorts of health issues, and can be used to establish whether physical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes mellitus, or low testosterone (low T), among other things, could be the primary contributing factor for a patient’s ED problems. A rectal exam may also be necessary for patients with a history of prostate issues.

Do I have ED? How can I check for ED?

While erectile dysfunction is an obvious condition for some, with the problem of not being able to achieve an erection at all, other men experience ED in subtler, but still problematic ways. For example, while some men can achieve an erection quickly, it may also lose hardness quickly as well, and be of a duration insufficient for sexual intercourse. Other men experience softer erections as they age, which also thwarts their sexual activity. ED related problems, such as problems in the ejaculation phase, including premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation, and others.

Waking up with an erection is a good sign that your body is physiologically capable of achieving an erection and that you aren't affected by physical ED, but it's also perfectly normal to occasionally not wake up with an erection.

To confirm nocturnal erections, patients can use what is known as a nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) stamp test. Standard NPT tests employ a roll of stamps around the penis, but a newer type of NPT test uses a device to evaluate the quality of the man's night time erection.

Discuss your ED problems with experienced specialists who are prepared to provide the latest array of ED treatments, from traditional medicines such as Ginseng and Yohimbe, PDE-5 inhibitors, such as Vardenafil (Viagra), Sildenafil (Levitra), and Tadalafil (Cialis), penile surgical options for eligible patients, as well as acoustic wave therapy for ED. Companies like Shockwave and Gainswave have developed methods that employ sound waves to stimulate healthy tissue growth, increase blood flow, and promote greater sensitivity and performance.