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Why is my doctor checking my thyroid when I have erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

An undiagnosed thyroid problem may cause erectile dysfunction [ED]. The thyroid regulates production of the male sex hormone testosterone. An underactive thyroid (hypothyroidism) can cause low testosterone levels, which can cause problems getting and maintaining an erection, diminish desire for sex, and contribute to feeling sluggish and tired.

If tests show a hormonal imbalance, your doctor can treat your thyroid problem and boost your levels of testosterone with hormone replacement therapy.

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