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What does it mean if nocturnal erections do not occur?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
If you do not have erections at night, or when you wake up, you may have a physical cause for your erectile dysfunction (ED). Most cases do have a physical cause, usually cardiovascular, including high blood pressure, high blood cholesterol, or diabetes. Many medications, including meds for high blood pressure, also lead to ED. Most importantly, your penis is like a dipstick for your overall health. Problems with erections are often early warning signs for heart conditions or other health issues. The good news is that doing the right things for your heart may help relieve ED symptoms. But start with a checkup from your good doc to find out what underlying health condition or risk factors you may have.

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