Frequently Asked Questions

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can occur at any age, even
among younger men. Studies have shown that up to 8%
of men between 20 and 30 years old report problems
with erections.

Is it true that taking testosterone will increase my risk for prostate cancer? 

Testosterone therapy has not been shown to have any significant effects on the incidence of prostate cancer. While on testosterone therapy, your physician will check a blood test (PSA) and perform a digital rectal exam at regular intervals to follow prostate health closely.

Isn’t erectile dysfunction just a normal part of getting older? 

Erectile dysfunction shares common risk factors with cardiovascular disease and may be an early sign of changes in the function of blood vessels. The presence of erectile dysfunction may trigger an evaluation of cardiovascular risk which is known as a cardiometabolic workup.

My wife and I are having trouble starting a family. Will taking testosterone help with fertility? 

Testosterone deficiency can be seen in men with low sperm counts (infertility) but replacing testosterone will only cause a further decrease in sperm production. Men with low testosterone who want to preserve fertility should consider alternative methods to increase their testosterone level.

The commercials say to “ask my doctor if I am healthy enough to engage in sexual activity.” How can the doctor tell? 

Sexual activity can be as strenuous as walking quickly up two flights of stairs or walking one mile on a flat surface at a brisk pace. Patients who cannot do these activities may need further blood tests or tests on their heart to be sure that treatment for sexual dysfunction is safe.

Is it possible for a young man to have erectile dysfunction? 

Erectile dysfunction can occur in sexually active males of any age. For men under age 40, psychological factors more commonly contribute to the problem.

Contact us to learn more or to make an appointment at the Men's Health Center at The Miriam Hospital.