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Impotency
Posted by: Katharina
Date: August 30, 2000 4:54 PM

My husband who is 38 years old has been having problems getting an erection recently. I've suggested that he see a doctor about this problem but he is hesitant about doing so. What are the possible problems that may be affecting him? One as young as he is should not be having this sort of problem. Please advise me on what is the best thing for us to do?

RE: Impotency
Posted by: Ron Kennedy, MD
Date: August 31, 2000 3:43 AM

There are psychological and physiological (hormonal) causes of this problem. Young people can experience failure of their hormone systems, especially if they are under stress for long periods. The major players are testosterone and human growth hormone. Of course the stress must be relieved and if needed these hormones can be supplemented. Testing should always precede treatment and you must be seen by a doc who understands these problems (not all do). Psychological causes are best dealt with through the help of a competent therapist.



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