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Do You Have Erectile Dysfunction?


Erectile dysfunction is defined as the persistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection suitable for penetrative sex.

The Sexual Health Inventory for Men (SHIM) is a standard questionnaire used by doctors to categorize Erectile Dysfunction. This test is also called the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) Questionnaire.1

Note that the SHIM questionnaire will not diagnose the cause of your ED.  Diagnosis will require a medical examination by your doctor.

If you find that you have Erectile Dysfunction, you should see your doctor.  There are many different causes for ED, and it may be a symptom of a serious medical condition.  Your doctor can determine the cause, and recommend appropriate treatments.

(See our article, “What to Expect When You See Your Doctor.”)

For More Information

Causes of Erectile Dysfunction

Treatments for Erectile Dysfunction


  1. The IIEF-5 (of SHIM) questionnaire was derived from the more comprehensive International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-15).  Results of the IIEF-5 and IIEF-15 correlate closely.

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