Can a hormone imbalance result in erectile dysfunction?

Certain hormone problems can cause erectile dysfunction along with other illnesses. Your doctor can discover these when you have your check-up to be sure there are no specific medical causes of erection problems.  These can often be treated, many times simply by taking a medication, as when the thyroid is underactive (hypothyroidism). These problems, if untreated, could lead to other complications and serious medical consequences, so the problem of erectile dysfunction might be a blessing in disguise to allow their diagnosis.
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Hormones control countless bodily functions. When hormone levels get out of whack, trouble usually isn't far behind. Erectile dysfunction is one potential problem that can be caused by a hormonal imbalance.

Hormones are chemical messengers. They travel around in the blood, regulating things like growth, your mood, and your appetite. In men, the hormone known as testosterone plays many roles. One of its roles is to increase sexual desire and help you to have erections. Low testosterone levels can result in erectile dysfunction. Testosterone is available as an injection, patch, gel, or tablet to correct levels that are too low.

An imbalance of other hormones may cause erectile dysfunction, too. Your doctor can check your levels with a simple blood test.

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