Friday, November 20, 2009

Tests for Erectile dysfunction!!

Erectile dysfunction is a common male problem now a days which may be caused by a combination of blood vessel, nerve or psychological issues. However before opting for any medication to get rid of this sexual issue one must consult his doctor to know the exact reason behind it. The doctor may take your physical examination or tests during which he will examine:

• Your blood pressure
• Your testicles and penis for any problems
• Thyroid, testosterone, prolactin, luteinizing hormone levels
• Complete blood count, blood glucose, cholesterol, and triglycerides
• Urine sample

If your all physical tests comes normal then your doctor may subjected you for 3 specific erectile dysfunction tests i.e.

Nocturnal Penile tumescence (NPT) test

This test is meant for checking whether a man is having normal erections during sleep or not. Normally most of the men used to have 3-5 full erections during deep sleep. NPT test can be done at home or in a special sleep lab. The steps are given below:

• A ring like device known as snap gauge which is made up of plastic films is fitted around the penis. This films break at certain pressures thereby indicating the occurrence of erections.

• An electronic monitoring device is also used to check the occurrence of erections. It is more accurate than snap gauge but at the same time it is more expensive. With the help of this device you can record how many, how long and how rigid the erections are during sleep.

The NPT test is also termed as the “Stamp test or rigidity test”

Intracavernosal Injection Test

In this test, a medicine (prostaglandin E1) is injected into the base of the penis to cause an erection. This injection is also termed as Intracavernosal injection. Through this process you can measure the fullness of erections and check how long the erection lasts.

The third test is Doppler ultrasound test.

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