Can Concussions Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

By Johnathan P Cumberwell

Researchers have found a correlation between concussions and erectile dysfunction, so we might be on to something..

This study investigated 3,409 former US professional football players and found that concussion symptoms are linked to a greater likelihood of low testosterone levels and erectile dysfunction.

The study was published in JAMA Neurol.

The study found that 23% of the players who reported concussion symptoms also reported erectile dysfunction.

However, this number is not surprisingly high given that approximately 20% of all men world-wide suffer from ED, and also because the average age of the participants was 53 years.

What was interesting however, was that the researchers found a dose-response relationship between more concussive symptoms with a greater risk of erectile dysfunction.

Concussions Erectile Dysfunction

Meaning, more concussive symptoms meant more erectile dysfunction and also lower testosterone.

The study also found that low testosterone levels and ED were significantly associated with hypertension, high cholesterol levels, diabetes, heart conditions, prescription pain medication, reproductive cancer, sleep apnea, obesity, and mood disorders.

This is not the first study on the topic. A 2018 study on almost 100,000 patients found that traumatic brain injury severity was associated with higher risk for ED over 10 years.

Why is there a correlation between head injuries and ED?

We don’t know yet. But the body is a very fine-tuned system and your brain is the organ that controls almost everything. Hence, any damage in the brain can have far reaching consequences.

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