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How do other illnesses affect erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Some illnesses may actually cause erectile dysfunction. Chronic illnesses that affect blood pressure, such as heart disease or diabetes, can lead to blood flow issues in the penis and cause erectile dysfunction. Other diseases that affect the nerves, such as multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's disease, may also cause erectile dysfunction. Less serious illnesses that cause a man to become generally unwell or fatigued may temporarily cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. Illnesses may also indirectly cause erectile dysfunction if they're treated with certain medications such as antihistamines.

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