I updated this article to What to Look for in a Doctor. I felt this article didn't treat doctors fairly, so I wrote a more balanced article.
My name is Ken Schafer, and I’m a Certified Clinical Sexuality Coach with a background in exercise physiology. I specialize in coaching men on addressing and treating ED.
If you are reading this, you or someone you care about is probably dealing with erectile dysfunction (ED). You are not alone. For many reasons, there is an epidemic of ED, and it’s getting worse, but there is hope beyond the little blue pills. Most men can stop or reverse ED with lifestyle changes, rehabilitative exercises, and finding the right doctor.
I struggled with ED for ten years before getting the help I needed. I made a lot of mistakes along my path to recovery. My first mistake was trusting that my doctors were giving me the best care possible.
Finding a doctor well-versed in men’s health and willing to address the root causes of ED can be challenging. I’ve lost count of how many doctors went through before finding the doctors who could help me. So, what should you look for in a doctor? Here is a short list.
Is the doctor well-versed in men’s health issues?
Will the doctor attempt to identify and treat the root cause of your ED? Unfortunately, most doctors only manage the symptoms of ED with drugs like Viagra and Cialis. Unfortunately, if the underlying causes are left untreated, they will likely worsen, and the medications will stop working.
Does the doctor recommend rehabilitation in addition to managing the symptoms? Rehab is the key to long-term success.
Does your doctor know how to interpret Testosterone and Estradiol levels? Most doctors do not understand the difference between these hormones' normal and healthy ranges.
If you have low testosterone, does your doctor understand that treating low testosterone alone is usually not enough to reverse ED? Correcting testosterone levels is critical for treating ED, but ED usually has many contributing causes to address.
Given the state of the medical system, many men will have to work with doctors who are not a perfect fit. At least try to find a doctor open to working and learning with you to treat your ED.
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