Doctor Discussion Guide
It can be difficult—even stressful—to talk to a healthcare provider about erectile dysfunction (ED). But you can be sure that
you are not the first man in the world to have this problem. Millions of men live with ED every day. Often, ED
is caused by other medical conditions, so it’s very important to talk about it. It’s also important to know
that ED is treatable.
Getting the conversation started
You should do whatever makes you most comfortable. But if you need help talking
about ED with your healthcare professional, try these trusted tips:
Share your answers from our "Do You Have ED?" section with your healthcare provider.
Or use these icebreakers:
- "I don't know what's wrong, but I haven't been able to perform in bed even
though I'm taking the pills to help.”
- "I heard having high blood pressure can cause erection problems. Can that
happen to me?"
- "I know I have diabetes. Can it affect my sexual performance?"
- "Could medicines I take cause me to have erection problems?"
At your visit, remind your healthcare provider about any medication you are taking. Include over-the-counter medicine that you use. Tell your healthcare provider about any vitamins and supplements you take, as well.
Most of all, take time to talk to your healthcare provider about your condition. It's the best way for you to get the help you need.