Which histories are needed for the evaluation of erectile dysfunction (ED)?

Updated: Aug 08, 2018
  • Author: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS; Chief Editor: Edward David Kim, MD, FACS  more...
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In assessing a patient with erectile dysfunction (ED), the first step is to gather the following information:

  • Sexual history

  • Medical and surgical history

  • Medication and nonprescription drug history

  • Psychological history

ED is a sensitive topic, and the clinician must be aware of the patient’s comfort level. Taking the history provides an opportunity for the physician to initiate patient and partner education about ED and its treatments and to facilitate communication. It also allows the physician to establish a rapport with the couple, which assists in treatment. Formal questionnaires may be valuable in this setting.


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