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Causes and treatment for weak erections - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I am a 31 year old male with concerns about erectile dysfunction. I have been masturbating 1-2 times a day since i was about 13. I am also a virgin. About 3 years ago it started becoming increasingly difficult to get an erection, and has gotten worse over time. Now masturbation has become almost impossible with few exceptions and when i do get an erection it only last for a matter of a minute or less and is always softer than normal. I haven't had a good hard erection in a long time. Not even when i wake up in the morning. every once in a while i will wake up with an erection but it will be soft and weak and go away instantly upon standing up. I have been to several doctors that ran blood tests and told me i don't have diabetes and my hormone levels are all normal. testosterone 900, and all blood work is good. What could be my problem you think?
Doctor :   hello
Doctor :   i am Dr XXXX here
Doctor :   give me a min let me read your query
User :   ok
Doctor :   do you consume alcohol ?
Doctor :   do you smoke ?
User :   no
User :   no
User :   never hav
Doctor :   how is your health ?
User :   have
Doctor :   are you over weight ?
User :   the doctor says im healthy i am 5'10 125lbs
Doctor :   ok
Doctor :   what do you do for a living ?
User :   i make computer graphics
Doctor :   any stress you have in your life ?
Doctor :   any personal problems ?
User :   i get stressed out pretty easy
Doctor :   since you are in good health. which is good . the reason you might be having this problem is because of your stress
User :   even if i don't have erections in my sleep or in the morning? and is it normal for it to have lasted for 3 years straight?
Doctor :   sometimes its because you are thinking too much on it . and it can be a reason .. let me tell you a simple test that you can do at home
User :   ok
Doctor :   you need a strip of four to six postage stamps (any kind) for this test . The test needs to be done for 3 nights
Doctor :   you need to wear brief-type undershorts that have a fly. Place the penis through the fly, leaving most of the pubic hair against the body.
Doctor :   Wrap the strip of stamps snugly around the shaft of the penis
Doctor :   The stamps need to overlap so the overlapped stamp can be moistened to seal the ring. When the stamp has dried, carefully place the penis back inside the shorts and wear them while sleeping.
Doctor :   They help protect the stamps from falling off
Doctor :   In the morning, check to see if the stamp ring has been broken along the perforations.
Doctor :   dont take any medication for at least 2 days before the test.
Doctor :   The stamps may feel unusual. The test should be done until 3 nights of comfortable, uninterrupted sleep is achieved.
Doctor :   All men with normal physiological erectile function will have an erection during normal sleep. The test may help determine if the cause of erectile dysfunction is psychological or physical.
Doctor :   During at least one of the nights, the ring of stamps is broken between any two stamps.that means you dont have a problem and its in your mind
User :   well like i said i do occasionally wake up with somewhat of an erection but not very hard and it goes away instantly when i get out of bed. So what if i do get a weak erection in my sleep? what does that mean?
Doctor :   please do exercise regularly . it will increase the blood flow to your extremities and your penis giving you good erections
User :   ok
Doctor :   weak erection does not means impotence ... its about the inability to have penetrative sex . with age the erections do get little less .. you wont experience the same as you were 25
Doctor :   there is a more specific test that can be done its called as Doppler ultrasound . where it will be checked if there is proper blood flow to you penis
User :   i am also concerned that they only last about 30 seconds and i am unable to stay erect long enough during masturbation to climax
Doctor :   does anyone in your family has a history of heart disease
Doctor :   ?
User :   no i don't think so
Doctor :   did you get your cholesterol level checked ?
User :   i had a complete blood panel done recently but Im not sure if that's included, should i call them and ask?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   thats important
User :   what if they say its normal. that's good but then what
Doctor :   we will wait for the results
Doctor :   and then as i suggested you can go for the Doppler test
Doctor :   that will pinpoint the problem
User :   ok, thank you
Doctor :   your most welcome
Doctor :   is there anything else i can help you with
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