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Mary Shomon

Thyroid Disease Linked to Erectile Dysfunction

By September 18, 2008

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Attention men! If you are suffering from erectile dysfunction, it may be due to an undiagnosed thyroid condition. And attention thyroid patients! If you are suffering from a thyroid problem, you are at increased risk of developing erectile dysfunction!

The good news is that treating hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism will usually reverse the ED. Typically, doctors say that within six months of treatment, ED may spontaneously resolve. If the ED is not relieved after six months, then treatments should be pursued.

The results were reported in a study, which found that 79% of men with thyroid dysfunction some degree of ED (52% of the men with hypothyroidism and 27% of the men with hyperthyroidism.) Severe ED was found in almost 38.% of the men with hypothyroidism and 29.6% of the men with hyperthyroidism. In general, ED was found in a significantly larger number of patients with hyperthyroidism (71%) and hypothyroidism (85%) as compared with controls (25%). After thyroid treatment to restore levels to normal, 30% of the patients had ED, a rate similar to that of a control group without thyroid problems.

Krassas, GE et. al. “Erectile dysfunction in patients with hyper and hypothyroidism: how common and should we treat? ” Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism (Volume 93 Issue 5, pages 1815-1819). Pubmed citation

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Comments
September 19, 2008 at 2:51 pm
(1) Edward R. Arnold says:

Has anyone noticed how Bristol-Meyers-Squibb, in their ads for Abilify as an add-on therapy for depression, never warns the patient to check thyroid function before taking the drug? I’ll bet the makers of Viagra, Cialis, etc. have the same policy of Dishonesty Through Omission.

September 20, 2008 at 7:13 am
(2) Fred says:

We that suffer from thyroid disease know that the thyroid/erectile/severe loss of libido is a fact! To quote Jacob Teitlbaum on UK T.V. – ‘clueless Doctors’ offer you Viagra! The action of this chemical on the heart etc when suffocated by the pericardeum being filled with fluid is liable to kill in a short time.

April 5, 2012 at 12:27 pm
(3) Hugh says:

This was the case with me. After not having a relationship for a year and a half, I tried having sex and had complete ED. My doctor tested me for all kinds of things and found I had hypothyroid. Began with 50 mcgs daily and later upped to 75 and after four months my ED was gone. Completely reversed. Also needed to add the I was very deficient in vitamin B12.

April 26, 2013 at 1:33 pm
(4) Phil says:

Have been hypothyroid since 2007 and have had libido and ED issues since then. Am now on 200 mcgs levothyroxine. The sexual issues remain the same though.

January 24, 2014 at 7:49 pm
(5) Ace says:

Phil and others,

Doctors think that levothyroxine is this magic drug. It is one of the top four prescribed drugs. But there is evidence it doesn’t work for some people. Doctors need to look at how the patient feels more than the blood test results. There are dessicated natural thyroid medications like Armour and Nature-throid that can help some patients. Some clients bodies cannot metabolize the T4 into T3 and so on. I think that my fibromyalgia now may have been hidden hypothyroidism for 13 years! All because the doctors said I was fine with the medicine I was taking. and I’ve had all types of sexual dysfunction.

January 26, 2014 at 10:32 pm
(6) carlos says:

Okay Im 24 years old and was diagnosed with low thyroid
Six months ago I took the medicine for a week then stoped taking it… before Christmas started taking it again and went to the doctor cus it was giving me chest pain…….. im also consernd because Im having erection problems and no type of desire for sex. Not curently in a relationship but dont understend why is this hapening.. I first experinced sex problems wen I was 20 yrs old also panick attacks and anxiety and it went away back to normal except the panick attacks then again wen I was 22 and it went away and now again… I really worried tht this time is gona be permanent…. can some body ok please help me I told my doctor my problem and they say its just stress and that is okay that it will go away n tht It has nothing to do with my thyroid problem…
What should I do?
Ima go again to the doctor because there gona give me another medication since levothyroxine .25mg was not doing me good…
What test should I ask to get done or what
Anything would help thank in advance. ……

January 26, 2014 at 10:41 pm
(7) carlos says:

I been having erection problems since I was 20 yrs old it was ttogether with panic attacks and anxiety I had the ed for like 2months then it went away, then wen I 22 the same 1 month then it went awat im 24 now and I had it for 4weeks now im scared that this time its gona be permanent. I was diagnosed with hypothyroidsm six months ago. I took the medicine for a week then continued to take it before Christmas and stoped because it was giving me chest pain… ima go see the doctor for another medicine hes gona prescribe to me…
I had told my doctor about my ed problems and they say its normal that it has nothing to do with thyroid problems what should I do or test the I should take please help me this is driving me crazzy…

April 8, 2014 at 9:25 am
(8) Randy says:

64 year old male here and been hypo for over 10 years now. After killing my thyroid (radioactive Iodine pill) and started taking Synthroid I started having ED problems. Talked to my doctor about it and all he says is I am getting old, gave me Cialis but that did nothing. The problems have gone so far as I cannot get an erection at all, still have the desire and needs but can not go beyond that. My wife will not even discuss it with me, says she is not interested but I know that is not the case. I would love to be able to perform but it is a useless cause it seems. ED can sure take it toll on a mans self worth and doctor only want to tell me that my T3 – T4 results are within the ranges. Wish I could find a doctor that would treat me, make me feel better, not just treat me to keep my meds within the correct ranges. The right range may not be correct for me.

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