Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve and maintain an erection long enough to have sex. While most sexually active men experience some form of ED during their lives, these experiences:
Persistent ED, however, has the potential to impact your quality of life severely and may point to a larger problem. Erectile dysfunction affects men of every age and isn’t necessarily tied to a low sex drive, which makes dealing with the condition especially frustrating.
While on the outside, the ability to have an erection may seem basic enough, on the inside there are a lot of systems involved in your ability to get an erection, such as:
Since each of these systems plays a role, a problem with any one of them can cause a chain reaction that leads to ED. The biggest culprits that affect the proper functioning of these systems are:
While this list touches on many of the physical causes behind ED, mental issues such as depression, performance anxiety, and stress, also contribute significantly to ED.
If you watch TV, you know that several medications on the market address ED, such as Viagra® and Cialis®. It’s important to note, however, that these medications allow you to get and maintain an erection by increasing blood flow to your penis — they don’t provide a cure for the underlying problem.
Again, these therapies treat the symptom and not the cause of your problem, so discuss your concerns and goals with one of the health care professionals at Men’s Health Chicago to find a treatment that’s appropriate for you. To get started, call or book an appointment online.
It is important to first determine what is the cause of your ED so they the proper treatment is selected. For example, Men with hypogonadism (low-T) suffer from ED a secondary symptom of low testosterone and this is usually corrected as the patient’s testosterone levels are returned to normal.
At Men's Health Chicago, we accept most major insurance plans and sel pay. Here is a list of some of the plans we accept. Please contact our office if you do not see your insurance provider listed.
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