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What type of hormonal problems lead to erectile dysfunction?

Diana Meeks
Diana Meeks on behalf of Sigma Nursing
Family Practitioner

Many hormonal problems can lead to erectile dysfunction. Among the most common is a deficiency in testosterone. Low testosterone can be caused by injury to the testicles (either from an accident or from cancer treatment), cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, liver disease, kidney disease and obesity.

Some genetic conditions can reduce testosterone production, and so can some medications. Another cause of erectile function can be too much of the hormone prolactin. This is most often caused by a tumor on the pituitary gland. Also some kinds of thyroid disease may disrupt hormones in a way that leads to erectile dysfunction.

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