Diagnostic Tests for Erectile dysfunction
Diagnostic Test list for Erectile dysfunction:
The list of diagnostic tests
mentioned in various sources as
used in the diagnosis of Erectile dysfunction
Home Diagnostic Testing
These home medical tests may be relevant to Erectile dysfunction causes:
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Tests and diagnosis discussion for Erectile dysfunction:
Medical and sexual histories help define the
degree and nature of impotence. A medical history can disclose diseases
that lead to impotence. A simple recounting of sexual activity might
distinguish between problems with erection, ejaculation, orgasm, or sexual
A history of using certain prescription drugs or illegal drugs can
suggest a chemical cause. Drug effects account for 25 percent of cases of
impotence. Cutting back on or substituting certain medications often can
alleviate the problem.
A physical examination can give clues for
systemic problems. For example, if the penis does not respond as expected
to certain touching, a problem in the nervous system may be a cause.
Abnormal secondary sex characteristics, such as hair pattern, can point to
hormonal problems, which would mean the endocrine system is involved. A
circulatory problem might be indicated by, for example, an aneurysm in the
abdomen. And unusual characteristics of the penis itself could suggest the
root of the impotence--for example, bending of the penis during erection
could be the result of Peyronie's disease.
Several laboratory tests can help diagnose
impotence. Tests for systemic diseases include blood counts, urinalysis,
lipid profile, and measurements of creatinine and liver enzymes. For cases
of low sexual desire, measurement of testosterone in the blood can yield
information about problems with the endocrine system.
Monitoring erections that occur during sleep
(nocturnal penile tumescence) can help rule out certain psychological
causes of impotence. Healthy men have involuntary erections during sleep.
If nocturnal erections do not occur, then the cause of impotence is likely
to be physical rather than psychological. Tests of nocturnal erections are
not completely reliable, however. Scientists have not standardized such
tests and have not determined when they should be applied for best
A psychosocial examination, using an
interview and questionnaire, reveals psychological factors. The man's
sexual partner also may be interviewed to determine expectations and
perceptions encountered during sexual intercourse.
(Source: excerpt from Impotence: NIDDK
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