Self Testing for Erectile Dysfunction

If a man becomes concerned about erectile dysfunction (ED), he has a number of options to discover the reason(s) why. Self testing for erectile dysfunction is but one way to find out whether sexual dysfunctions are due to physical or psychological issues.

Types of Self Examinations for ED

Self tests can often help those who are embarrassed to discuss sexual health issues with their physician. Finding the cause of ED is the first all important step to getting appropriate treatment.  Various forms of ED self tests can include:

  • A nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT) stamp test that utilizes a roll of stamps around the penis to confirm erections at night.
  • A newer type of NPT test that includes the use of a device to evaluate the quality of the  man’s night time erection. This device is typically used for several consecutive nights, and the results electronically stored in the device for Siouxland Urology to evaluate later on.
  • Another test called a penile plethysmograph can be performed by individuals themselves at home. This test uses a device to distinguish between physical and psychological ED as a man watches or listens to sexual material.

These at home tests can ascertain if a man is, or is not, physically able to have an erection, but they will not provide any further information.d msad man in bed

The Only Conclusive Diagnosis

Only a urologist can provide an official diagnosis and what the possible reasons for a patient’s erectile dysfunction could be. After reviewing their medical history, performing a physical examination, and testing blood and urine samples, Siouxland Urology can determine any underlying physical causes that are linked to a man’s ED. Additional tests might be needed as well if these initial evaluations prove inconclusive.

Different types of medical conditions that may result in symptoms of ED include:

  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure
  • Obesity
  • Heart disease
  • Smoking and excessive drinking
  • Sedentary lifestyle
  • Kidney or thyroid disease

There can also be hormonal problems exacerbating the problem. Once the underlying condition is diagnosed, proper treatment can begin to improve or correct the symptoms of erectile dysfunction.

Emotional and Mental Causes

Many men suffer with ED due to stress, fatigue, or depression. Sleep disorders can also contribute to sexual dysfunction. Many times, these psychological issues combined with a physical problem can make the problem seem even worse.

Finding the Solution to Your Erectile Dysfunction

Be open with your urologist about your current sexual life and history. Ask about your personal risk factors for ED, find out what medications may be contributing to it, what medications you can take to improve the symptoms, and what forms of treatment Siouxland Urology recommends based on your specific case.

There are 15 to 30 million men who have some form of ED, so you’re not alone, and age should not prevent you from enjoying a healthy sexual life.

Contact Siouxland Urology if you have questions or concerns about erectile dysfunction. To schedule a consultation, please call (605) 217-7000 or request an appointment online today!

COVID-19 Updates

Beginning on 5/26, our office will be making a few changes for precautions against COVID-19:

We will still be strictly following CDC guidelines to always keep our patients safe.

Telehealth

Other patients can be seen with Telehealth services. This service allows patients to be seen via an internet connection. The connection will require a camera, which is a common feature on your computer, phone, laptop, or tablet. Please call our office if you would like to make a telehealth appointment at (605) 217-7000

For patients that call for a telehealth appointment, we will verify that your insurance will cover the visit, and then set a time for you to log into https://sxlandurology.doxy.me. Once you are into this website, you will need to select the name of your provider. This will place you in a wait area, where the provider will join you for your session.

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