Joe and his wife came to the our clinic, somewhat reluctantly. They have been having some issues in the bedroom. Do you still get erections?
Joe answered quickly. Then he turned to his wife, Don’t I?
I then asked the questions which let me know better whether he really is getting erections.Do you get morning erections?
There is an Erection Hardness Scale:
0 — no erections at all
1 — some penile swelling
2 — gets hard, but not enough for penetration
3 — gets hard, and enough for penetration
4 — gets very hardWhat number are you?
Does your erection last as long as you and your wife want it to?
He also filled out a SHIM questionnaire — a five item questionnaire that quantifies sexual function.
Here's a definition:www.prostate-cancer.org/resource/gloss_s.html
And here's a link to the test:http://www.urologychannel.com/HealthProfiler/healthpro_ed.shtml
A score of 21 or less means that erectile dysfunction (ED) needs to be addressed.
Joe’s score was 19.
Joe has ED.