How is male sexual dysfunction diagnosed?

Your doctor may begin the diagnosis process with a physical exam. Physical tests may include:

  • Blood tests to check your testosterone levels, blood sugar (for diabetes), and cholesterol
  • Blood pressure check
  • Rectal exam to check your prostate
  • Examination of your penis and testicles

Other tests can show if you have problems with the nerve impulses or blood flow to the penis.

Your doctor may also ask questions about your symptoms and your medical and sexual history. Though these questions may seem very personal, do not be embarrassed. It is important to answer honestly so the best treatment can be recommended. You may be sent to a different type of doctor (urologist, endocrinologist or sex therapist, for example) who can help you.

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