Can an injury cause erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Having an erection requires seamless communication between the brain and a complex network of nerves and blood vessels in the penis. Any trauma that damages those nerves and blood vessels can result in erectile dysfunction. For example, men who have sustained spinal cord injuries often develop erectile dysfunction. The good news is that men who have sexual problems resulting from injuries often respond well to oral medication and other treatments for erectile dysfunction.
Injuries may result in erectile dysfunction (ED). For example, spinal cord injuries may damage the nerves that trigger erections. When these nerves no longer work, ED results. Bicycling for long periods of time can reduce blood flow to the penis, resulting in ED. Pain medications given to men with injuries may also result in ED. 

There are certain injuries that can definitely cause erectile dysfunction. The most common would be a spinal cord injury. The spinal cord sends nerves to certain parts of the body so the brain can control them. If that connection is lost that body part can no longer be controlled. A good example would be the loss of control to the penis. Without the brain telling the penis to get an erection, the penis would remain limp. Other injuries can also cause erectile dysfunction. Major trauma and damage to the pelvis/hips or penis itself can cause long term erectile dysfunction if the nerves or blood supply is interrupted.


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