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Why did my doctor check my breasts and scrotum if I have ED?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is sometimes caused by an endocrine (hormonal) imbalance. Signs that you have a lower than normal level of the male hormone testosterone include breast enlargement, smaller testicles, and trouble growing facial hair or losing hair on the chest, legs and arms. Your doctor may confirm that you have low testosterone with a blood or urine test, and put you on hormone replacement therapy.
Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)
Your doctor may have examined your chest and scrotum to see if there are any abnormalities that may be related to erectile dysfunction (ED). He or she may have been checking your chest to see if your breasts are unusually enlarged, which can indicate low testosterone levels or another hormonal imbalance. While doing these checks as part of a physical exam to diagnose ED may be routine, physical abnormalities on your scrotum and hormonal imbalances are uncommon causes of ED.

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