Erectile Dysfunction Specialist

Midwest Urology Associates

Urologists located in Evergreen Park, IL

Erectile dysfunction leaves you unable to achieve and/or maintain an erection, which is frustrating and embarrassing. This condition is also associated with other health problems, for example, if you have erectile dysfunction, you’re up to six times as likely to have benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), and almost twice as likely to develop dementia. But, there’s also good news: Midwest Urology Associates in Evergreen Park, Illinois, has erectile dysfunction solutions to help you reclaim your sexual satisfaction and health. Call the office or book through the online appointment maker now.

Erectile Dysfunction Q & A

What is erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction is a persistent difficulty in achieving and/or maintaining an erection, leading to an unsatisfying sex life. This condition is quite common but is often undiagnosed and untreated because many men feel hesitant to talk about it. 

The skilled team at Midwest Urology Associates has an extensive background in erectile dysfunction, and they offer compassionate care to help you overcome erectile dysfunction symptoms now. 

What causes erectile dysfunction?

Some of the many possible causes can include:

Age

Although you can potentially develop erectile dysfunction as early as your 20s, it's most common in middle age. Many men start to have erectile dysfunction in their 40s or later, which is usually due to natural testosterone depletion that happens at that time.

Physical causes

Many physical causes can trigger erectile dysfunction, including diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, heart disease, Parkinson's disease, Peyronie's disease (scar tissue within the penis), along with a number of others.

Medication

Some medications, including anti-hypertensive drugs, depression drugs, and muscle relaxants, can cause erectile dysfunction. 

Psychological causes

Some common psychological causes of erectile dysfunction can include depression, anxiety, and relationship difficulties. 

Sometimes, two or more factors can cause erectile dysfunction. The Midwest Urology Associates team can uncover the cause through diagnostic testing, and then prescribe a treatment solution that works for you. 

How is erectile dysfunction diagnosed?

Midwest Urology Associates follows American Urological Association recommendations, which advise diagnostic testing based on the patient's individual needs. You have a physical exam, and some of the tests that you may need include:

  • Blood tests to screen for low testosterone and other health issues
  • Urine tests to screen for diabetes and other health problems
  • Ultrasound to check blood flow to your penis

Diagnosis doesn't only verify that you have erectile dysfunction. It also uncovers the cause, which is helpful for treatment planning.

How is erectile dysfunction treated?

Midwest Urology Associates personalizes treatment for you. Some of the many options include:

  • Oral medication
  • Injected medication
  • Penis pumps
  • Penile implants

For many patients, the best approach is low-intensity extracorporeal shockwave therapy (LiESWT). With this noninvasive treatment, low-intensity shockwaves move through your penis and perineum (the skin that spans the scrotum-to-anus area) during short in-office sessions. 

The shockwaves break up plaque buildup in your penile blood vessels to clear them out and restore optimal blood flow. Further, LiESWT also encourages fresh blood vessel formation to improve penile blood flow even more.

Midwest Urology Associates is here to help with erectile dysfunction and all of its resulting issues. Call either office or book your appointment online now. 

*Treatment results may vary by patient.