At the initial interview the doctor should assess just what the patient means by ‘impotence’. If present, its speed of onset, its duration and whether or not the patient has libido are important factors to consider. Do morning erections occur? Is ejaculation normal? It may be retrograde, premature or retarded. The presence of chronic disease, e.g. rheumatoid arthritis, hypertension, diabetes or depressive illness, may adversely affect potency, as may the drugs used in the treatment of these conditions.
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