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Hormonal factors may play a role in
erection problems (erectile dysfunction). Men who
produce low levels of the hormone
testosterone (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
Producing high levels of the hormone
prolactin (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.
Current as of:
June 4, 2014
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
& Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
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