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Can cirrhosis of the liver cause erectile dysfunction?

Many men with cirrhosis of the liver--a serious and life-threatening condition--have erectile dysfunction. But it is not clear whether cirrhosis itself causes sexual dysfunction, or whether a related factor may be causing both diseases. For example, drinking too much alcohol can permanently damage the liver. And it can lead to a lower proportion of testosterone to estrogen, which makes it harder to get an erection. Talk to your doctor if you are experiencing a problem with alcohol.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Erectile dysfunction is very common among men with cirrhosis of the liver, affecting about half of all men who develop this serious condition. Cirrhosis occurs when scar tissue forms in the liver.

Hepatitis, or inflammation of the liver, can trigger cirrhosis. However, alcohol abuse is another leading cause. Going on a drinking binge is a well-known cause of temporary erectile dysfunction. But a lifetime of hard drinking can have devastating long-term effects on your sex life. If you are having trouble controlling your alcohol intake, talk to your doctor.

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