Sexual Health Q&A

Is there a connection between an overactive thyroid gland and erectile dysfunction (ED)?

There appears to be. European researchers have found that men with an overactive thyroid gland (also called hyperthyroidism) are at higher risk for developing ED than men who don’t have thyroid problems. In fact, as many as 6 out of 10 men with an overactive thyroid are thought to have erectile difficulties.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped gland found in the neck. It produces thyroid hormones, which regulate the body’s metabolism. An overactive thyroid gland makes too much thyroid hormone. Overactive thyroid is a fairly common condition and can be treated with medications or surgery.

Research has shown that the likelihood of having ED increases as levels of thyroid  stimulating hormone (TSH) decrease.

However, research has not shown that men with erectile dysfunction are more likely to develop hyperthyroidism.