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Can erection problems in men be caused by colonoscopy ?

My boyfriend began having difficulty getting an erection after his first colonoscopy two years ago. Before the colonoscopy he says it was never a problem dispite the fact that he was diagnosed as having a slightly enlarged prostate 8 years ago. Is it possible the colonoscopy is the cause of his difficulty maintaining an erection?
Asked On : Wed, 14 Apr 2010
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Hi, rather than blaming the colonoscopy for the sexual problems, you can look into certain other more possible causes. Though medical science has yet to find an exact cause-and-effect relationship between enlarged prostate (BPH) and sexual dysfunction, most studies show a significantly higher risk of sexual dysfunction among men with BPH.

The drugs prescribed for BPH may potentially decrease ejaculatory function, erectile function, libido, and overall sexual satisfaction. Any impact that BPH medications have on sexual function will typically end when a man stops taking the drug. Look into the following list if any is being used by your boyfriend:

Alpha-blockers (Cardura® or doxazosin mesylate; Flomax® or tamsulosin hydrochloride; Hytrin® or terazosin hydrochloride; Minipress® or prazosin hydrochloride; and Uroxatral® or alfuzosin hydrochloride) Users must also be cautious when taking alpha-blockers with drugs like Viagra®or sildenafil citrate because the combination can occasionally produce dangerous drops in blood pressure.

Alpha-reductase inhibitors (Proscar® or finasteride; and Avodart® or dutasteride

Herbal remedies, such as saw palmetto


Answered: Sat, 17 Apr 2010
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