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Sometimes treatment of underlying disease is enough to eliminate erectile dysfunction. If you’re concerned about trouble keeping an erection, talk to your doctor — even if you’re embarrassed.

Diagnosing erection problems

Tests that your doctor may order to determine the cause of your erection problems include a:

complete blood count (CBC), which is a set of tests that checks for low red blood cell (RBC) count
hormone profile, which measures the levels of the male sex hormones testosterone and prolactin
nocturnal penile tumescence (NPT), which determines whether your erection functions during sleep
a duplex ultrasound, which uses high-frequency sound waves to take pictures of the body’s tissues
urinalysis, which measures protein and testosterone levels in the urine.

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Treating erection problems

The severity of ED is often graded on a three-point scale: mild, moderate, and severe. Severe ED is also known as complete ED. The first step in treating your ED is identifying where you fall on this scale.

Once a cause is identified and your doctor knows how severe your ED is, it becomes easy to treat.

Options for treating erection problems may include:

Once your doctor determines the cause of your erection problem, they’ll provide appropriate treatment.