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Is benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) a risk factor for ED?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)

Having an enlarged prostate--the problem also known as benign prostatic hyperplasia, or BPH--doesn't cause erectile dysfunction. However, certain treatments for BPH can produce that very unfortunate side effect.

For example, many men with BPH take the drugs finasteride (Proscar) and dutasteride (Avodart), which are intended to shrink an overgrown prostate. Some men who take these drugs develop problems having erections and say they lose interest in sex. It's not clear how common these problems are among men taking finasteride and dutasteride, but it's safe to say they represent a minority. Sexual side effects linked to these drugs go away once a man stops taking them.

Men with serious BPH that doesn't respond to medication may need surgery to remove the excess tissue growth. Again, some men develop erectile dysfunction due to nerve damage that can occur during the procedure. However, most eventually regain the ability to have erections.

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