How is Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Diagnosed?

by Alex Shteynshlyuger MD

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ED is One of the Special Conditions that can be Reliably Self-Diagnosed by the Patient.

Erectile Dysfunction DiagnosisErectile dysfunction is one of the easiest condition for a man to self-diagnose himself as he knows what is normal for him.

When a man feels that he experiences difficulty with obtaining or keeping an erection, he can be safely diagnosed as suffering from erection problem or erectile dysfunction.  If erections are not as hard as they used to be, a diagnosis of ED can be made by the man himself.

Can Sexual Partners Diagnose a Man with Erectile Dysfunction?

Most sexual partners know what is normal for their man and what is expected. Often long-term sexual partners (wife, girlfriend, partner) are keenly aware of worsening erectile function. While occasionally new sexual partners have unrealistic expectations, most new or recent sexual partners are very good at identifying men with erection problems.

If you’re a partner of a man who has symptoms of erectile dysfunction, it is a good idea to discuss the issue openly and to seek treatment together as the problem affects both partners and their relationship.   The problem is more challenging in a new relationship but our experience tells us that when the issue is addressed openly and treated, both partners tend to be satisfied.  If the issue is not addressed, most new relationships do not survive the problem.

We see many couples where the partner identifies the problems and help the man make the diagnosis and seek treatment at New York Urology Specialists.

How do Urologists Diagnose Erectile Dysfunction in Men?

When a man recognizes that he has difficulty obtaining and maintaining rigid erections compared to his normal ED Diagnosisbaseline a diagnosis of erectile dysfunction can be safely made.

A simple questionnaire called the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) can be helpful in recognizing the presence of erectile dysfunction (ED).  This questionnaire is available for free at New York Urology Specialists.

Once ED is diagnosed, either by the patient himself or his physician, it is crucial to see a urologist at New York Urology Specialists to have a full and thorough evaluation.

Do I Need to Worry if I Have Symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction?

An occasional difficulty with getting an erection may not be a significant problem but it may also be an early sign of an underlying medical problem such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol or diabetes.

While these problems are more common with age, there are many men who are in their 20’s, 30’s and 40s who have high cholesterol or high blood pressure.  It is important to get a thorough evaluation to exclude the possibility that your erection problems are related to an underlying medical problem.

Medical evaluation will help to determine the underlying causes of erectile dysfunction as these may be treatable and erectile dysfunction may be reversible with treatment.  In addition, a number of significant medical conditions can cause erectile dysfunction. Timely recognition and timely treatment of underlying causes of ED can be life-saving.  These conditions include diabetes, high blood pressure, coronary artery disease, brain tumors, renal insufficiency, multiple sclerosis, a number of neurological problems and a number of other serious conditions.

If you recognize the symptoms of ED, make an appointment with experienced urologists who specialize in the treatment of ED at New York Urology Specialists.

What Tests are Necessary for Men with Erection Problems who Self-Diagnose ED?

At New York Urology Specialists, we check your blood pressure.  We also check the following blood tests:  lipid profile to check your cholesterol, testosterone levels, thyroid levels as well as general tests that include CBC (blood count) and CMP (liver and kidney function testing).

Treatment of ED in Men

Treatment of erection problems is customized to the needs of an individual man.  Often, medications such as Viagra (sildenafil) and Cialis (Tadalafil) work well. Shockwave therapy is an effective option for ED treatment for many men with vascular causes of ED.  For men with more severe ED, penile injections with Trimix, Bimix injections and EDEX injections often work well.  A penile implant is an effective treatment option that works even when other treatment options do not work.

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Scheduling Appointments with ED Specialists

If you have any questions about ED treatment, schedule a consultation, contact us or call 1-(646) 663-5211.  We have excellent reviews from patients and their partners. 

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Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a board-certified urologist, who specializes in all aspects of care for sexual problems in men including ED, premature ejaculation and other sexual concerns.  He has successfully treated hundreds of men with sexual problems including ED and poor libido.


ED is Treatable in Nearly Every Man

Excellence-Urology_Care-banner2At New York Urology Specialists, our urologists are specially trained in the evaluation and treatment of erectile dysfunction.  We understand the challenges that ED creates for our patients, their relationships and their self-esteem.  We help you find a treatment for erectile dysfunction that fits your needs, your lifestyle and your preferences.

Urologists are doctors specializing in the treatment of men with erectile dysfunction. By the virtue of our experience and skill, we are able to offer an effective treatment option for nearly every man who desires an effective treatment for ED.  We offer medical and surgical treatment for erectile dysfunction.

We treat some of the most complex ED problems including:

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Dr. Alex Shteynshlyuger is a fellowship trained board-certified urologist with expertise in evaluation and treatment of urological problems in men and women using modern effective and proven treatment methods.  He is highly recommended by top primary care physicians in the New York area. If you or someone you know has been experiencing urological symptoms, make an appointment to take advantage of Dr. Shteynshlyuger’s expert advice. Please feel free to contact us with any questions.



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