Erectile Dysfunction

ED Diagnosis: How to Tell if You Have Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Key Takeaways

Erectile Dysfunction is a challenging condition to live with, since it can not only negatively impact your sex life, but it can also affect your mental health.

Many men have difficulty reaching out for help once they start to experience symptoms of erectile dysfunction (ED), because they feel alone or embarrassed. The truth of the matter is that almost half of men will experience erectile dysfunction at some point in their lives.

But are you at risk of erectile dysfunction? Are you starting to experience ED symptoms, like problems getting an erection or maintaining it? This page will help inform you about what ED could look like if you are experiencing it, and some guidance on what to do next.

Who’s at Risk for Erectile Dysfunction?

Anyone with a penis can get erectile dysfunction.

However, there are a number of other conditions that can make it more likely that you’ll experience ED at some point in your life, such as:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Obesity
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Hypogonadism (decreased functional activity of the gonads)
  • Smoking
  • Mental health factors (i.e., depression, anxiety, etc.)
  • Certain medications

If you’re concerned that you’re starting to experience signs of ED, don’t hesitate to complete an assessment with a healthcare practitioner at Felix. They’ll be able to give you further guidance, provide an ED diagnosis, and then offer treatment options, if necessary.

Signs of Erectile Dysfunction

The biggest sign of ED is the persistent, frustrating inability to get or maintain an erection that’s adequate for sexual activities.

So, if you’re looking for the cause of soft erections, or you’re beginning to have difficulty getting or staying erect, you could be experiencing erectile dysfunction.

When Should I Consult a Doctor if I Suspect I Have Erectile Dysfunction?

The best answer to this question is the sooner the better.

While it’s possible for erectile dysfunction to go away on its own (especially if it’s largely being caused by mental health factors), that doesn’t mean it will go away on its own without treatment.

Taking the time to talk to your healthcare practitioner at Felix can help you address this issue quickly and comfortably, in a judgment-free environment. They can also suggest alternative treatments to ED medications, through things like talk therapy.

Whatever you need to get your health back on track, Felix can help.

Can I Test for Erectile Dysfunction at Home?

Unfortunately, because erectile dysfunction is a cluster of symptoms, there’s no single test that you can take at home to provide a definitive ED diagnosis.

The good news is that a Felix healthcare practitioner is only an assessment away. They can provide you with both an erectile dysfunction diagnosis, if necessary, and then help you get started on the right treatment plan to fit your needs.

Get the Help You Need to Start Treating ED - Today

Hopefully, now you feel a little bit better about how to tell if you have ED.

If you do feel like you’re experiencing symptoms of erectile dysfunction, there’s no better time than right now to start taking back control of your sex life.

Complete a short assessment with one of Felix’s healthcare practitioners, and if they believe ED treatments are right for you, they can provide prescriptions for ED medications, as well as other treatment recommendations, based on your needs.

With Felix in your corner, you can get back to enjoying life on your terms.

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