Although self-diagnosing erectile dysfunction (ED) may sound as simple as noticing you can’t get hard for sex, it’s actually more complicated. There are different levels of hardness and other factors to help determine what might be causing the ED.
Measuring Your ED
No, you don’t need to break out the ruler. In this type of measuring, you’ll be looking at how flaccid or hard your penis is. It’s called the Erection Hardness Score. Developed by Pfizer, the biopharmaceutical company that makes Viagra, it allows you to self-report your erection’s rigidity based on a four-point scale.
Grade 1 is when your penis is larger, but not hard. Grade 2 is when your penis is hard, but not hard enough for penetration. Grade 3 is when your penis is hard enough for penetration, but not completely hard. Grade 4 is when your penis is completely hard and fully rigid.
What to Tell Your Doctor
If you decide that ED is affecting your life enough that you want to get a prescription for Viagra, Levitra or Cialis, here are some things you should disclose to your doctor:
- How much and how often you drink
- If you smoke or use drugs
- Any relationship concerns
- Anxiety, depression or excessive stress
- Any medications or other products (such as Propecia, the hair loss treatment) that could interfere with erections or any ED drugs that will be prescribed.
It’s also vital that you let your doctor know if you’re experiencing spontaneous erections during the day or night. It can help rule out problems with blood flow and nerve supply.
If you’re diagnosed with erectile dysfunction, your physician may prescribe an oral medication. If you’d prefer, you can also get an online consultation through eDrugstore. A prescription can be given, and you can place your order through our online pharmacy.
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