In addition to patient education, Gesiva Medical provides Health Care Professionals with diagnostic support whenever possible. At this time, there are no known empirical diagnostic tests to provide a quantitative evaluation of female sexual function but there are two different tests that can be administered to men to determine if they are capable of having erections that are adequate for intercourse.
The first of such tests is conducted using an inexpensive, disposable, over the counter (OTC) medical device known as Snap*Gauge. It might surprise you to know that most healthy men will experience 3-6 erections each evening. These erections are thought to be the body’s way of keeping the tissues inside the penis healthy. The Snap*Gauge is a soft band that is wrapped around the flaccid (non-erect) penis before a man goes to bed. The Snap*Gauge has three different filaments inside and these filaments break at different levels of force. If the man experiences a nocturnal erection, the intensity of that erection can be estimated based upon how many filaments are broken. Because the Snap*Gauge is a simple, inexpensive over the counter test, it is not intended to diagnose any specific medical condition. Rather, the Snap*Gauge test will give the patient a simple estimate of the intensity of nocturnal erectile activity which may be helpful in determining whether further evaluation is warranted. If you have questions or would like to order the Snap*Gauge, please contact us at 866-34-GESIVA (866-344-3748).
If further evaluation of erectile function is indicated, Gesiva Medical can assist Health Care Professionals with more formal diagnostic testing, including the use of the RigiScan® Rigidity Assessment System which allows for measurement of the frequency, rigidity and duration of a man’s erections. RigiScan testing may be conducted in the comfort of a patient’s home, in a sleep lab, or in a Health Care Professional’s office and the data collected during testing can be useful when evaluating and treating a man’s erectile dysfunction. Please note that RigiScan is a prescription diagnostic instrument, and Federal law restricts the device to sale by or on order of a properly licensed Health Care Professional. Please contact us at 866-34-GESIVA (866-344-3748) if you would like to be connected to a Health Care Professional with RigiScan testing capabilities in your area.