Talking with your doctor about erectile dysfunction {0}

Erectile dysfunction is a difficult issue to face. Many of us feel awkward talking about such subjects in private, let alone with a relative stranger. But it’s a medical condition, and one that can benefit from medical solutions. It may be tempting to avoid all this by looking for a diagnosis online, but as with any medical condition, the best advice you can get will come from your doctor.

How to broach the subject

It’s worth taking a moment to prepare yourself mentally before talking to your doctor. Think about what you’re going to say, so that you don’t get flustered at the start. Remember that your doctor is a trained professional, and that training includes how to deal sensitively and sympathetically with even the most difficult of subjects. They will have talked about this with other patients, and they will have had far more embarrassing discussions today than the one you’re about to have. Think about the specifics – if you’ve got all the facts straight in your head then the conversation will go more smoothly. And if you’ve been on ED medications for this before then make sure you know what they were. For example did you take Cialis, and what effect did it have?

What you can expect

Modern medical training is about dealing sensitively with patients, not just knowing which muscle connects to which bone. The vast majority of doctors will listen carefully and sensitively to what you have to say. They may want to know details, to help them with their diagnosis and with identifying the right treatment for you.

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Don’t be afraid to ask questions. For example, if you have concerns about Cialis side effects then raise them. If you want to know more about how your condition works, or where you can get more information, just ask. Your doctor is there to help.

If your doctor responds badly

While the vast majority of doctors will handle your situation well, some patients have had bad experiences with doctors who were insensitive or dismissive when dealing with erectile dysfunction. If this happens to you – and the chances are vanishingly small – remember that they are being unprofessional, and you have a right to complain. Talk directly with the doctor first if you can, to see if they will apologise. If that fails, take the matter to their employer, or to your state or national medical regulator.

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