There have been a few instances where your erection has let you down, literally.
Your too embarrassed to go to the doctor. Yet you really want to know if you are developing erectile dysfunction.
“Do I have erectile dysfunction?”
“What do I do if I do have Erectile Dysfunction?”
“How will I treat my Erectile Dysfunction?”
If you are worried about how serious your erectile dysfunction (ED) is then it is time to start looking for answers.
Below we’ll discuss how to detect early warning signs of impotence and help assess your ED with a discreet and easy online erectile dysfunction test.
Do I have Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?
At some point in their lives, most men have experienced difficulty getting or maintaining an erection.
It happens to everyone.
Whatever the reasons, failing to “get it up” every now and again doesn’t necessarily mean you are afflicted with an erectile dysfunction worth worrying about.
ED is more common than you think.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) has been recently increasing in incidence among otherwise healthy men in their thirties. Studies reveal that 1 in 4 ED patients is under 40 years of age.1 In fact, a recent study on 2000 men by the Co-Op Pharmacy found that half the men in their thirties face difficulty in maintaining an erection during sexual intercourse.2
However, there are many instances where prolonged occurrences of erectile dysfunction will not go away on its own or could be a sign of a more serious underlying condition.
And that’s worth paying attention to.
The quickest, easiest and most discreet way to diagnose the seriousness of the situation is to take an online erectile dysfunction quiz.
Test yourself with this self-assessment for an immediate personalised evaluation.
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Why is it so important to test yourself for Erectile Dysfunction?
You should start by knowing what is erectile dysfunction. The condensed definition of ED is:
“The inability to maintain an erection sufficient for satisfying sexual activity.”
But having a generic definition can only take one so far. Knowing if and how it applies to you is what really matters. That’s where an ED test comes in — one that is personalised to your situation.
Taking an erectile dysfunction test may be one of the most important assessments you ever take. It will help determine whether you have recurring symptoms of ED and a high likelihood of experiencing ED in the future. This diagnosis will not only investigate the main cause of erectile dysfunction but, with the help of licenced professionals, it will help determine a course of action for treatment if needed.
An ED test is especially important to detect early signs of erectile dysfunction or even testosterone deficiency. ED has been recently increasing among otherwise healthy men in their thirties. Studies reveal that 1 in 4 ED patients is under 40 years of age.1
In order to prevent erectile dysfunction from becoming an issue later in life, it is important to evaluate its causes and symptoms as early as possible. Even if you have only had one instance of ED.
How to know whether you’re dealing with advanced ED?
The ability to get sexually aroused is a rather complex process. The brain, emotions, nerves, hormones, muscles, and blood vessels all play an integral role in male arousal. If even one of these factors is out of line, it can lead to erectile dysfunction. Men should also be aware that in addition to physical health, mental health plays an equally important role in sexual performance.
Intermittent or occasional sexual issues do not always point to erectile dysfunction, but you can be sure that you’re dealing with ED when you suffer from the following symptoms: You
Consistently unable to achieve an erection
Have a persistent inability to maintain an erection
Feel a reduced desire for sex (low libido)
If you have any of the above-listed symptoms take the erectile dysfunction evaluation and determine the severity of your situation. Based on the diagnosis, consult with an expert sexual health doctor on what to do next and find out whether you should embark on an ED treatment plan. This is especially important if symptoms have been present for more than two months.
Male erection – Why should you test it?
An erection occurs when there is increased blood flow to the penis. Blood flow is accelerated through arousal, either by direct touching of the penis or through sexual thoughts. As a man gets excited sexually, the penile muscles relax, thereby allowing more blood to flow through the arteries. Two chambers inside the penis, known as the corpora cavernosa, fill up with blood and the penis becomes rigid. The result is a normal erection.
Later, contraction of the penile muscles pumps the blood out through the veins, the erection ends, and the penis returns to a flaccid state.
Erections can occur when men are both awake and asleep. On average, men have four to five full erections during an 8-hour sleep cycle, each last around 30 minutes. If someone is not experiencing an erection during sleep it could be a sign of ED.
Different types of ED tests
There is no one single test for erectile dysfunction. In order to get an accurate diagnosis, a doctor will often use an integrated set of ways to determine whether someone has erectile dysfunction.
Some self-exams allow you to assess levels of erectile function on your own and can be used to help determine whether consulting a men’s health expert is needed.
One very commonly used ED test is the International Index of Erectile Function. The Nocturnal Penile Tumescence (NPT) test is another, which can be performed using a strip of stamps, or an electronic outpatient device. One of the easiest ways to test for erectile dysfunction is by taking an online quiz, such this one.
Beyond testing yourself, there are several technical tests that can be performed to diagnose ED, including blood tests for erectile dysfunction and urine tests.
Although most men would rarely need to go this far, there are situations when a more involved and closely monitored version of the NPT test can be conducted in a sleep lab. Professional psychological evaluations can investigate non-physical causes of ED. And neuro-urologic testing can examine potential physical causes. These tests include:
Combined Intracavernous Injection and Stimulation (CIS) Test
Color Doppler Ultrasound
Pharmacologic Cavernosometry and Cavernosography
As mentioned above, one method of testing ED is the NPT stamp test. The stamp test is not a conclusive method of evaluating erectile function, nor is it used as a professional means of diagnosis. But can be an initial method to self-test the health of your erection on your own time from the privacy of your home.
Specifically, if you have experienced erectile dysfunction, this test could help indicate if the cause is psychological rather than physical.
Here is what you do:
Buy a strip of four to six postage stamps (the kind you have to lick to stick)
Go to bed wearing briefs or boxer brief underwear
Pull your flaccid penis through the fly of the underwear
Wrap the strip of stamps snugly around the penis shaft
Overlap the stamps and moisten one stamp on the roll to seal the ring
Place your penis back in your underwear and go to sleep
Repeat 3 nights in a row
When you wake in the morning check to see if the roll of stamps is broken along the perforations. If during at least one of the nights, the ring of stamps is broken between any two stamps then it is an indication you had an erection.
For best results, sleep on your back so as to disturb the stamps as little as possible by movement. Abstain from using alcohol or chemical sleep aids two nights prior to performing the stamp test. They can prevent erections.
If you can’t get ahold of any stamps you can use a strip of 1-inch wide paper that is long enough to wrap around the penis with little overlap. Secure the paper with a piece of tape.
Testing Beyond ED
In some men, Erectile Dysfunction (ED) can be a warning sign of more serious underlying diseases. Doctors say ED is sometimes a predictor of heart attack, stroke, and even death from cardiovascular disease.3 These conditions may be affecting the blood vessels and nerves supplying the penis, which is resulting in ED. Often men suffering from ED also develop or are experiencing premature ejaculation.
If you’ve been diagnosed with ED, it is especially important to get checked for cardiovascular disease. This does not mean that every man with ED will develop heart disease, or that every man with heart disease has ED, but you should be aware of the link.
After all, testing, diagnosing, and treating erectile dysfunction is not just about improving your erections, it is about making you the healthiest version of yourself.
What does ED mean for you?
For the average man with erectile dysfunction, it means not being able to get a firm erection when aroused. ED could also mean trouble sustaining an erection long enough for satisfactory sexual intercourse. Men with severe ED may not be able to get an erection at all.
Left untreated for extended periods, ED can lead to a loss of interest in intercourse due to repeated instances of both partners being unsatisfied. A myriad psychological issues may follow, affecting confidence in the bedroom and potentially leading to relationship problems and negative effects on quality of life.
Sadly ED can destroy lives and families if left untreated.
The mental anguish is real.
If your Erectile Dysfunction is causing you great angst please be aware that you do not need to suffer alone. Very effective treatment is available for suitable candidates. Taking that first step can be the hardest. The best (and easiest) place to start is with the right self-evaluation.
If your Erectile Dysfunction is causing you great angst please understand that help is available.
Not everyone is suitable for treatment however those that are can experience quick results.
To see if you qualify for treatment click here.
Capogrosso P, Colicchia M, Ventimiglia E, Castagna G, Clementi MC, Suardi N, Castiglione F, Briganti A, Cantiello F, Damiano R, Montorsi F, Salonia A. One patient out of four with newly diagnosed erectile dysfunction is a young man–worrisome picture from the everyday clinical practice. J Sex Med. 2013 Jul;10(7):1833-41. doi: 10.1111/jsm.12179. Epub 2013 May 7. [Online]. Available at: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23651423