• Frequently Asked Questions - Male Sexual Function

    Here are some common questions about male sexual dysfunction that physicians at Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function are often asked.

    Q: Will my insurance cover my doctor visits and treatment?

    A: Most insurance plans cover consultations, office visits and treatments. Some insurers, however, may not cover certain diagnostic tests and certain treatments. It’s important to check with your individual insurance carrier. Some insurers that cover ED medications, like Viagra (sildenafil) will limit the number of tablets covered per month.

    Q: Lately I have been very stressed at work and have noticed that I have not been able to maintain an erection consistently when I am with my partner. What is going on?

    A: Most likely it is stress that is causing this temporary dysfunction. Stress is one of the leading causes of what is called “psychological impotence.” Other triggers include depression, guilt, feelings of inadequacy, anxiety and boredom. Fortunately, this type of sexual dysfunction usually doesn’t last, and full sexual function should return after the stress or other trigger is recognized and managed.

    Q: I am in my mid-50s, in excellent health, with no major risk factors. Why isn't my erection as good as it used to be?

    A: Part of your evaluation at the Center for Sexual Function will include the history of changes in your erectile function. Aging changes are common, but we can determine if your sexual difficulties are due to factors other than growing older.

    Q: I just had prostate cancer surgery. Will I be able to function sexually again? What treatment options are there if I cannot function?

    A: There are a number of treatment options for men who have sexual difficulties after prostate cancer treatment. Treatment can include medication, medical devices, or a combination of therapies. Our expert physicians can help determine the best option for you.

    Q: My wife and I are trying to conceive. Our doctor said she is fine, but my recent testing revealed that my sperm count is low. How can I improve our chances for a pregnancy?

    A: Men who have trouble with fertility usually have low testosterone levels. A thorough history, physical examination, and laboratory testing can guide us in treating the underlying causes. These steps can increase your chances for fertility and improve your overall health.


    For More Information

    The Center for Sexual Function is a service of Lahey’s Department of Endocrinology. All inquiries remain completely confidential:

    Center for Sexual Function
    Lahey Medical Center Peabody
    One Essex Center Drive
    Peabody, MA 01960
    Phone: 978.538.4674
    Fax: 978.538.4712





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