Can Thyroid Problems Affect Your Sexual Function?

The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate metabolic rate of all the body cells apart from influencing the functions of nervous, cardiovascular and reproductive systems. When the gland is underactive and produces not enough hormones or overactive and produces much more hormones than the body needs, many bodily functions are affected. Sexual function is not an exception.

The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism released figures showing the impact of thyroid conditions on men’s sexual function in their thyroid test :

Overactive thyroid results in

premature ejaculation in 50% of men;
low sex drive in 18% of men;
erectile dysfunction in 15% of men;
delayed ejaculation in 3% of men.
Underactive thyroid

Low sex drive, erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation in 64% of men;
premature ejaculation in 7% of men.
Fortunately, treatment for thyroid conditions can relieve sexual problems. When the thyroid disorder is diagnosed and treated, it can take 8 to 16 weeks for hormone levels to return to normal range. When the hormone balance is restored, most men report to have no problems with sexual functioning any more.

However, there are situations when even after 4 months on thyroid medication a man can still struggle with sexual problem. In such a case it is usually a psychological effect of dealing with this issue for long, not knowing that it had a medical cause. In some cases, men can benefit from generic drugs for erectile dysfunction, which increase blood flow to the penis, or from testosterone supplementation.

In any case, it is recommended to seek professional help from a sex therapist if you experience problems with sexual function or notice any symptoms that might indicate a thyroid disorder. He will have your blood tested for hormone levels and put you on proper medication, which you may want to buy from discreetly.

One way or another, we encourage men to talk to their doctor about any erection or thyroid concerns.

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