Erectile dysfunction, Viagra, and Cialis

Erectile dysfunction, commonly referred to as ED, is the inability to achieve and sustain an erection suitable for sexual intercourse. This condition is not necessarily considered normal at any age and is different from other problems that interfere with sexual intercourse, such as lack of sexual desire and problems with ejaculation and orgasm. According to the National Institutes of Health, approximately 5% of 40-year-old men and between 15% and 25% of 65-year-old men experience ED on a long-term basis. Common causes of ED include diseases that affect blood flow, such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) or venous leakage (weak veins); nerve diseases; psychological factors, such as stress, depression, and performance anxiety; and injury to the penis. Chronic illness, certain medications, and a condition called Peyronie's disease (scar tissue in the penis) can also cause ED.

At American Health Center, we have staff that has extensive experience diagnosing and treating erectile dysfunction.We can perform a variety of tests to identify the cause of your problem. There are several treatments to consider. Based on your family's medical history as well as your own medical history and current health, your doctor may treat you with oral medications such as Viagra, Cialis, or similar drugs.

Viagra works by increasing the flow of blood into the penis, so that when the man is sexually stimulated, he can get an erection. Viagra takes effect in 30 minutes and the effects last for upwards of 4 hours.

Cialis is another form of medication used to treat erectile dysfunction, and while the drug works the same way as Viagra, it has some slight differences. For example, Cialis only takes about 15 minutes to work and the effects last much longer—up to 36 hours in some cases.

At American Health Center, we are more than happy to help you cope with and treat your erectile dysfunction. Please call us at 847-255-7474 to schedule your appointment today.