Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common and can come and go throughout your sexually active life. If you consistently have problems with ED that affect your relationships, mood, and quality of life, it might be time to address the issue. We know this is a sensitive issues to share with another person, but if your are suffering from ED, let us first tell you that you are not alone and there is no reason to feel embarrassed about discussing any male health issue with our providers; that’s what we do. The health care providers at Men’s Health Chicago are experienced in diagnosing and treating ED, allowing you to enjoy an active and healthy sex life again. Call one of the four offices in Chicago, Barrington, Schaumburg, or Naperville, Illinois, for an appointment or book a consultation online.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is ED?

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:

  • Are perfectly normal
  • Are usually short lived
  • Resolve themselves

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.

What causes ED?

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:

  • Your brain
  • Hormones
  • Nerves
  • Blood vessels
  • Muscles
  • Emotions

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:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes and obesity
  • High cholesterol
  • Medications

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.

What is the treatment for 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.  

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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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