Hormonal Factors in Erection Problems
Hormonal factors may play a role in Reference erection problems Opens New Window (erectile dysfunction). Men who produce low levels of the hormone Reference testosterone Opens New Window (a condition known as hypogonadism) may have decreased sexual desire. A blood test is usually done if your doctor suspects this problem. But few men with erection problems have low testosterone production.
Producing high levels of the hormone Reference prolactin Opens New Window (hyperprolactemia) also may be a factor. High levels of prolactin interfere with testosterone production, resulting in a form of hypogonadism.
Medicines are available to treat low testosterone production and excess prolactin production.
|By:||Reference Healthwise Staff||Last Revised: Reference May 14, 2012|
|Medical Review:||Reference E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Reference Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology