Erectile Dysfunction, or ED, is the failure to achieve and maintain an erection appropriate for sexual intercourse. In order for the penis to become erect, signals from the brain must be transmitted to nerves in the penis allowing blood vessels to relax and blood to rush in. Natural pressure then traps the blood in both corpora cavernosa causing the penis to expand and remain erect. Erectile Dysfunction can happen at any age and cause stress, a loss in self-confidence, and relationship complications.
The two main symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction are the inability to achieve and erection and the inability to maintain an erection. While some men may be able to produce an erection, their penis may lack the ability to retain the appropriate amount of blood for longstanding effect. Studies have also shown that psychological issues play a role in Erectile Dysfunction as well.
Causes and Risk Factors
There are a number of causes of Erectile Dysfunction that exist: diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, tobacco use, alcohol use, drug use, medications, certain medical treatments, surgeries or injuries to the pelvic region, and obesity. Psychological causes, such as depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, and mental health conditions, also play a large role in Erectile Dysfunction.
For some men, a simple physical exam and honesty about their medical history and symptoms are enough for a physician to recommend a treatment. If it is determined that testing is necessary, your physician may perform urine tests, blood tests, ultrasound, an overnight erection test, and a psychological exam. As with all medical conditions, each patient will experience his own unique symptoms. Erectile Dysfunction is no different.
Although modern medicine provides a variety of treatments, the causes and severity of your Erectile Dysfunction will ultimately decide the most advantageous approach. Oral medications, such as Viagra, Cialis, and Levitra, relax muscles in the penis by enhancing the effects of nitric oxide. Surgery, implants, and penis pumps have also produced beneficial results. Your physician will thoroughly explain each treatment before administering any medicine or devices.
Erectile Dysfunction. We offer treatments for patients residing in Chicago (Lincoln Park, Lake View, Bucktown, West Town, Logan Square, Hermosa, Belmont Cragin, Belmont Gardens, Avondale, North Center, Irving Park, Portage Park, Albany Park Lincoln Square, Near West Side, East Garfield Park, Humboldt Park, Pilsen, Downtown) and Chicago Suburbs (Oak Park, Cicero, Harwood Heights, Norridge, Elmwood Park, River Grove, River Forest, Berwy, Skokie, Morton Grove, Park Ridge, Franklin Park, Melrose Park, Maywood, Stone Park Schiller Park).