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Editor's Correspondence
June 26, 2006

Erectile Dysfunction and Thyroid Disorders

Arch Intern Med. 2006;166(12):1322-1323. doi:10.1001/archinte.166.12.1322-b

Grover and colleagues1 assessed the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) and associated risk factor in the primary care setting. However, among the comorbidities potentially associated with ED, they did not consider thyroid disorders.

Accumulating evidence indicates that ED is a frequent finding in individuals with thyroid disease. In fact, a multicenter, prospective study showed that most patients with a chronic thyroid disease experienced some sexual symptoms, including ED.2 In particular, in hyperthyroid men, ED prevalence was 15%, whereas in hypothyroid men the prevalence of ED was 64%; moreover, after thyroid hormone normalization, both in hyperthyroid and hypothyroid individuals, ED was improved.2