A lot of men that have certain erectile dysfunction are afraid to go to a doctor because they feel embarrassed. Some of them even feel scared because they don’t know how the medical examination looks like. There is nothing embarrassing with having some kind of erectile dysfunction and there are doctors specialized in this field. When it comes to the medical examination, there are few things that are performed on every patient. Once you read about them you will feel more comfortable before visiting your doctor.
Erectile dysfunctions can hurt the self-esteem in men. The fact that the only way to diagnose and start treating those dysfunctions is by visiting a doctor can cause additional stress. Sitting in the hospital, uncomfortable examination, medical equipment, injections; being hospitalized are all things that can create additional stress in an already frightened man. But this is only one way to look at these things. The diagnosis and the process of healing can progress without stress, especially in cases when you know what to expect. If you are suffering from some kind of erectile dysfunction, you must talk with your partner first because this type of condition can cause a lot of problems. Every woman would be concerned if her partner stops having sex with her without explanation. After that you should go to a doctor.
Once you are at your doctor’s office you must be prepared to tell everything to him without using complicated words. You must be completely honest. The doctor will ask you questions that can be very intimate and related to the course of the illness up to that date, taking drugs, your sexual life, when did you notice the first problems, how is your erection functioning, how long does it last and some similar questions. All these questions are necessary in order to set the right diagnosis. After this verbal communication, the doctor will examine you physically. The doctor will look for any unusual signs in your physical appearance. For example, increased breasts indicate hormonal imbalance. Of course, your testicles and penis will be thoroughly examined. Different signs can indicate different conditions. Curvature of the penis indicates the presence of Peyronie’s disease. The insensitivity of the glans penis usually means nerve injury. The doctor will also take some blood and examine it, focusing on the amount of fat, creatinine and liver enzymes and in cases of hormonal imbalance he will check the testosterone levels too. He will also take a sample of your urine.
Another set of tests tries to determine whether the erectile dysfunctions are related to some psychological problems. For example if you are having nocturnal erections this is almost always linked with some sort of psychological problems because the blood flow in your penis is obviously normal. Today there are sophisticated scanners used in the hospital but you can also use them at home while you are sleeping in order to determine if you have nocturnal erections.
After the diagnosis is set, the doctor will select the appropriate treatment for you.
According to some statistics, near 15% of women and 5% of men, experience pain during the sexual intercourse. This pain can be caused my many things and these are the most common reasons and ways to treat that pain in men:
1. Peyronie’s Disease
Peyronie’s disease is one of the most common causes of painful intercourse in men. It is easily noticeable because it causes a curvature of the penis which is visible during erection. Some 2% of all men suffer from this disease. Smaller curvature of the penis is normal, but the painful erection can be a clear sign of Peyronie’s disease. Besides curvature, the penis could also appear to be swollen – an occurrence that comes and goes by itself. This unpleasant curvature most often appears because of some damage to the penis during erection. A strong and painful curvature of the penis can cause sharp pain during the intercourse and troubles during penetration. All this can lead to impotence. Peyronie’s disease is treated with injections that are used in cases of arthritis, because this disease is arthritic in its core. In some cases surgical methods are required.
2. Fungal Infection
Fungal infections can cause a constant itchy feeling. The fungus spreads fast if it finds a suitable environment. They develop fast in moisture so avoid wearing sweaty underwear for a longer period and of course keep your hygiene on a high level. These infections can cause very painful sexual intercourse but luckily they can be removed with some home remedies. The best way to do this is to soak and wash your penis and the testicles in chamomile tea and after the procedure make sure to dry the area.
Herpes can make sex very uncomfortable because it can cause a lot of pain. Besides that herpes can be easily transferred to the partner so try to avoid sex during the treatment. The herpes irritates the skin on the genitalia and it is very hard to cure. Even after it is taken care of it might reoccur.
In this case we are talking about infection or inflammation of the prostate gland, that can cause pain during sex and swelling in the area below the bladder. Pain accompanied with burning sensation can appear during urination and erection. It is still not clear what the direct cause of prostatitis is, but in many cases it is triggered by some bacteria. The clearest sign of prostatitis is frequent urination in small quantities. The pain occurs during and after the sex, especially after the ejaculation. In order to get rid of this disease you have to use antibiotics and drink a lot of water. In rare and more complicated cases prostatitis can be treated with surgery.
5. Inflammation of the urinary tract
In most cases the inflammation occurs in the bladder, which causes painful and frequent urination in small amounts just like in the case of prostatitis. It is caused by bacteria that get inside the body through the urethra. This inflammation should be treated seriously because it can affect the kidneys too and it disrupts the sexual intercourse. Antibiotics are very effective in cases of inflammation and the positive effects can be noticed very quickly.