TALK TO YOUR DOC
How to talk to you doctor
Ok, let us assume for a moment that you think you have an erection issue. You want a solution, but you just don’t know how to bring it up with your physician. This is a problem in itself! Here are a few tips to help you out.
It is important to know that you have a lot to gain by bringing up this issue. A solution is more than possible in most cases, and the sooner you can get a physician to get a look at it, the better chance you have of getting rid of it fast!
In the worst case scenario, some men go for years without treatment, and the cause gets so out of hand that the erectile problem becomes much worse – or even permanent! Get help as soon as possible.
Another trick for avoiding embarrassment is to tell everyone in the office you are there for a general check-up. Go to the appointment, and when the doctor comes in, tell him or her that you “want to discuss changes in erectile function.” This will help you get past the bringing it up stage. Even practice saying these (or similar) words – say them to yourself in the mirror if need be. This is important to your quality of life, and you owe it to yourself to make this issue go away.
Here are three key points to remember that will make it easier:
- Remember this is a VERY common problem – you are not alone
- Bring the topic up early in he appointment
- Answer questions honestly
The first thing to realize is that you’re not the first guy to talk about this problem with your doctor – it’s a surprisingly common issue. He or she has heard it all before. If you are having difficulty bringing it up, remember at that moment that this is a common problem and that you are not alone.
Environmental pressures, and the pressures of daily life all compound to create these situations, and many healthy, hard working men experience problems. There is nothing wrong with bringing up a common problem in order to gain access to a solution.
It’s important to get the topic on the table right away – early in the appointment. Get it out on the table for them to talk to you about – by having them do the talking it takes a lot of the pressure off you.
Answer all questions as honestly as possible. The better the information you give, and the more details you can provide, the more easily your doctor can arrive at a plan of action for you.
But talking about it isn’t always easy. If you have to, ask your doctor to prepare a questionnaire or checklist for you to fill out. Many will, as they realize these things can be difficult to talk about for many. Alternately, you could come prepared with a written page with some of the following information to help you answer questions quickly and accurately:
I have been experiencing the following symptoms:
- Erections aren’t hard enough to have sex
- Erections allow me to have sex, but are softer than usual
- I have lost an erection during sex
- I can't get an erection at all
- I am having difficulties with my ejaculation
- Sex is no longer enjoyable or as satisfying as it used to be
- I feel like I have less (or no) sexual desire/drive
- I’ve lost confidence in my ability to gain erections
Medical history (personal and family) and my lifestyle background:
- High blood pressure or heart conditions (including heart attack)
- High cholesterol
- Prostate cancer
- Prostate enlargement (BPH)
- Either prostate or bladder surgery (or other surgery in or near the lower abdomen or back.
- Multiple sclerosis
- Spinal cord injury
- Thyroid disorders
- Hormonal disorders
- Penile disorders
- Peyronie's disease (bent penis)
- Priapism (unwanted long-lasting erections)
- Other medical conditions
- Recreational drug use (marijuana, cocaine, or other
I take the following medications and or supplements:
- Prescription medications
- Herbal treatments
- Vitamins and/or nutritional supplements
- Non-prescription medication (pain relievers, cold medicine, etc.)
Bring the finished list with you to the appointment, and be sure to bring it up. You deserve to have your quality of life remain high, and with the solutions available today, there is no reason not to bring it up. You’re not alone, and there is help available, so look into it.