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.
Medical Review:E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Brian D. O'Brien, MD - Internal Medicine & Christopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology