Talking with your doctor about ED
Here's how to have a frank and open conversation about erectile dysfunction.
- Reviewed by Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
Talking about erectile dysfunction (ED) is never easy, even when it's with your doctor.
"Many men are hesitant to discuss their ED out of embarrassment because they view it as purely a sex-related problem," says Dr. Martin Kathrins, a urologist with Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women's Hospital. "But in many cases, ED is related to other issues like cardiovascular health, high blood pressure, mental health, or low testosterone. Once men understand that talking about ED means exploring other aspects of their health, and is part of regular maintenance health care, it's easier for them to open up."
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About the Author
Matthew Solan, Executive Editor, Harvard Men's Health Watch
About the Reviewer
Howard E. LeWine, MD, Chief Medical Editor, Harvard Health Publishing
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