Can measuring testosterone levels help diagnose the cause of ED?

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is associated with several health problems, including heart disease, diabetes or a neurological condition. Measuring testosterone levels with blood or urine tests can help determine whether a man’s difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection is caused by an endocrine (hormonal) problem.

Low testosterone levels can also diminish a man’s desire for sex, and contribute to feeling sluggish and tired. If tests show a hormonal imbalance, your doctor can boost your levels of this male sex hormone with testosterone replacement therapy.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Measuring testosterone levels can help diagnose the cause of erectile dysfunction (ED). A man's levels of testosterone sometimes decline gradually with age. These declines are usually subtle and don't affect a man's ability to have a satisfying sex life. But when levels are very low, it can affect sexual desire, and contribute to erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular disease is a more common cause of ED than a hormonal disorder. But low testosterone levels are a clue. If your levels are very low, your doctor may recommend that, along with taking ED medications, you get treatment to boost your testosterone levels.

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