Your thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland located in your neck. And, most people are aware that this gland helps control your metabolism, body temperature, heart rate, and blood pressure.
So, suppose your thyroid hormone production is too high or too low. In that case, you may experience symptoms related to energy levels, weight gain or loss, temperature control, and an erratic heart rate -- among other symptoms.
One thing that you may not guess has any relationship with a thyroid disorder is your erectile function. But, it seems that that too can be negatively affected by a thyroid disorder.
Below, we will discuss just why your thyroid has a connection with your erectile function, how thyroid disorders can cause ejaculation timing disorders, if ED is more common in men with thyroid disorders, if your ED concerns may be helped through thyroid regulation, and how to go about treating your ED when you have hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism.
As we mentioned above, erection problems are not the first symptoms that come to mind when considering thyroid disorders. So, just how does this complication arise?
As it turns out, there may be a few different factors at play with thyroid disorders that may cause ED. Firstly, hypo or hyperthyroidism can severely negatively affect your general mood. This can lead to men feeling more “down”, fatigued, and even experiencing a lower libido.
Additionally, having your thyroid hormones out of whack can affect the production of your other hormones, including testosterone. There may also be a decreased production of molecules in charge of healthy vessel function, further hindering the increased penile blood flow that occurs during an erection.
Trouble getting or maintaining an erection may not be the only issue that can come along with hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. It is possible that a thyroid disorder can cause an ejaculation disorder as well.
Ejaculation disorders include premature ejaculation (ejaculation occurring very early during intercourse) and delayed ejaculation (ejaculation taking a very long time to occur with intercourse).
In general, these disorders may also be related to what kind of thyroid disorder you have.
Premature ejaculation may occur more commonly in men with hyperthyroidism, and delayed ejaculation may be more common in men with hypothyroidism.
Erectile dysfunction is already a very common disorder in men, so it may not always be clear that it is directly related to a thyroid condition.
In one study, researchers had 56 men with thyroid disorders as well as 24 controls and asked them to answer an erectile function questionnaire before the start of any thyroid treatment as well as 1 year afterward. On the initial questionnaires, 78.9% of the men with thyroid conditions were considered to have ED according to their scores, while only 37.5% of the men without thyroid conditions fell into the ED category. This study suggests that ED may be more common in men with thyroid disorders as compared to men that have normal thyroid function.
In the same study mentioned above, the researchers also looked into how the men with thyroid disorders felt that their erectile function improved after 1 year of thyroid treatment. After one year of thyroid treatment, both the hypothyroid groups and the hyperthyroid groups reported significant improvements in their erectile function through the same questionnaire.
If the erectile dysfunction is mainly driven by a present thyroid condition, it may mean that once the thyroid issue is handled with treatment, erectile function may improve. However, it is important to note how common ED is, and that it may be related to multiple factors. So, it cannot be promised that correcting a thyroid issue will definitely fix an erectile concern. But, correcting a thyroid disorder can definitely be part of the puzzle.
The first step in treating a thyroid disorder and erectile dysfunction together is to use your thyroid medications as prescribed or undergo thyroid procedures as recommended by your doctor. Getting control of your thyroid isn’t just necessary for your overall health, it may lead to erectile improvements as well.
In fact, one study suggests waiting to start ED medications until your thyroid has been in a good range for 6 months in order to see if the ED problem is fixed, and might not require further treatment.
Of course, just getting a handle on your thyroid levels may not be enough to control all of your erectile dysfunction symptoms. In this case, many men look into ED treatment with prescription medications called PDE-5 inhibitors. These medications include Sildenafil (Viagra), Tadalafil (Cialis), and Vardenafil (Levitra). PDE-5 inhibitor medications do not interfere with the common thyroid treatments, so there should not be an interaction by treating both situations simultaneously.
At Strut, we carry the most popular PDE-5 inhibitor medications -- Sildenafil (generic Viagra) and Tadalafil (generic Cialis) as well as off-label treatments for premature ejaculation. Our medications are prescribed by doctors after reviewing your information online, and shipped from highly accredited U.S. pharmacies, while being priced very affordably.
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