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Erectile Dysfunction

Chicago Vitality

Men's Health & Testosterone Replacement located in Schaumburg, IL & Chicago, IL

While erectile dysfunction, or ED, can occur at any age, it most commonly affects men over 60. If this is you, you’re not alone. Nearly 30 million men in the United States struggle with erectile dysfunction. When you call the office or book at appointment online at Chicago Vitality, you meet with a physician who has expertise in diagnosing and treating ED. With three convenient locations to choose from — Chicago, Schaumburg, and Naperville, Illinois — you have no excuse to delay your sexual dysfunction concerns another day.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What are the symptoms of erectile dysfunction?

The main symptom or complaint among men who have erectile dysfunction is difficulty getting an erection that is strong enough for sexual penetration. With ED, you may also experience:

  • Premature or delayed ejaculation
  • Difficulty keeping an erection
  • Disinterest in sex
  • Inability to achieve orgasm
  • Depression or anxiety

Why is erectile dysfunction a health concern?

Sporadic erectile dysfunction is more common than you may think. But if it occurs so often that it’s impacting your relationship and sex life, or for more than a couple of months, you need to have an exam.

Erectile dysfunction isn’t always a condition in itself; rather it’s usually more of a side effect of some other type of complication. You may have ED if you:

  • Have damage to your arteries
  • Are overweight or obese
  • Suffer from depression, stress, or anxiety
  • Have high blood pressure or diabetes
  • Have cardiovascular disease

Because erectile dysfunction tends to be a warning sign for other health concerns, expect to go through screenings and lab work during your examination.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

Taking a pill won’t make the problem go away for good, nor is it the first thing you should try. The primary step in treating erectile dysfunction is taking control of any underlying health issue that might be causing it.

For example, if your blood pressure is high, your doctor can work with you to bring it down to a normal range through lifestyle changes and medications. Not only does this preserve your heart health, but it can also eliminate your frequency of ED problems.

Once you treat any health issues you may have, your doctor can prescribe erectile dysfunction medications. Most erectile dysfunction pills enhance the effect of a chemical called nitric oxide, which relaxes the muscles in your penis. This improves blood flow so you can achieve an erection during sexual intercourse.

If you’re still not having success, your dedicated physician can prescribe self-injections or penile suppositories to help you. You might also need to have your testosterone levels checked. Stabilizing your testosterone through testosterone replacement therapy often helps men who struggle with erectile dysfunction.