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At what point do I see a doctor for erectile dysfunction?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is frequent inability to get or maintain an erection. It’s common for men to experience occasional erection problems, but if ED occurs more than 25% of the time you should see your doctor. ED -- and health problems that are associated with it -- can be treated. Often, when a man sees his doctor to discuss ED, an exam finds that he also has heart disease, diabetes, or a neurological condition.

If you have been diagnosed with one of these health problems and think your medication is causing ED don’t stop taking it without talking to your doctor first. You may be given a different dose or switched to another medication. 

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