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There are various types of doctors who you can go and speak with initially regarding erectile dysfunction. These include:
- your own general practitioner or family doctor
- a urologist or someone who specializes in genitourinary medicine
- a specialist in sexual medicine
- a cardiologist, endocrinologist etc., (who may have become your primary care physician because of prior or concomitant medical conditions)
Doctors who can help you aren't exactly going to have" ED Doctor" hanging from their shingle outside their office. But a variety of professionals can offer you help and treatment for your erectile dysfunction (ED), the inability to get and maintain erection during sex. Start with your primary care physician. He knows all about you and your health and can talk with you about your medical history, current problems, and other factors that may be short-circuiting your sexual desire and performance. If he finds that your ED is due to physical causes, your doctor may refer you to a urologist, a doctor who specializes in the health of male reproductive organs. If your condition is chalked up to mental causes, your doctor may refer you to a psychologist for counseling and therapy. No matter which type of doctor you see, shelve any embarrassment or ego issues, and be open and honest about your symptoms and how ED is impacting your life.
Most primary care doctors are comfortable treating patients with oral medications for ED, such as Viagra, Levitra and Cialis. However, if you have had prostate, bladder or rectal surgery or radiation, you should seek a urologist to discuss the oral medications and various other treatment modalities that may work better for you, with lower side effects and cost.
Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.