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Coumadin and Erectile Dysfunction
Erectile dysfunction happens when a man is unable to get or keep an erection long enough to have intercourse. While some men are completely unable to get an erection, others can achieve it but lose it before they are ready. Most adult men have erectile dysfunction at some point. The problem usually goes away without treatment. If, however, it does not, you may need to seek treatment.
Coumadin, also known as Warfarin, is a medication that treats blood clots. It is often used to prevent blood clots that may increase the risk of heart attack and stroke. Certain conditions may increase your risk of having blood clots; they include; irregular heart rhythm, recent heart attacks, and knee replacement surgery.
Coumadin facilitates the smooth flow of blood in the body. It reduces the number of clotting proteins in your blood. The relationship between Coumadin and erectile dysfunction is not entirely clear. However, blood thinners are often linked to erectile dysfunction.
An erection happens when blood fills two chambers in the penis. The process is triggered by nerve impulses from your brain to the penis. Anything that may interfere with the impulses or blood flow can cause erectile dysfunction.
Even though no evidence links Coumadin and erectile dysfunction, many believe that it may have an impact on a man’s sex drive and that it may cause erectile dysfunction. However, the manufacturers of the drug do not list sexual dysfunction as one of its side effects.
Erectile dysfunction may be caused by emotional issues, health problems, or both. Some of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction include the following;
- Excessive smoking or drinking
- Drug abuse
- Old age
- High blood pressure
- Having high cholesterol
- Cardiovascular diseases
Men over 50 are likely to have erectile dysfunction. However, not all of them do. It is usually a sign of other health issues. Treating the cause of the problem treats erectile dysfunction.
Usually, emotions play a significant role in sex. Having emotional problems is likely to cause erectile dysfunction. Emotional causes of erectile dysfunction include;
- Relationship problems
- Depression and anxiety
- Stress at work
- Worrying about sexual performance
You can only begin seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction after diagnosis. Your health care provider will ask questions about your general health and erectile concerns. They may perform both physical exams and lab tests.
As part of treating you, they will ask about your lifestyle and health history. They may ask about the medication you are on and your lifestyle. This includes your drinking and smoking habits. If you work or live in a very stressful environment, they will need to know about it.
Even though there is no direct link between Coumadin and erectile dysfunction, you should consult your doctor before taking it. This is especially important if you are already struggling with erectile dysfunction.
If you need help with your erectile dysfunction, contact Lazare Urology at (718) 806-9425 and book an appointment.Back to Blogs