Benign prostatic hyperplasia and erectile dysfunction--is there a link?

  • Justin Vale
  • Published 2000 in Current medical research and opinion


There is little evidence to support a link between benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) and erectile dysfunction (ED). Any apparent relationship may reflect the fact that both are common conditions with a similar gender and age distribution. However, the surgical treatment of BPH (e.g. TURP or open prostatectomy) may cause ED as a postoperative complication in some patients. Similarly, the medical treatment of BPH with finasteride may be associated with ED (< 5% in one study). However, alpha-blockade is not associated with this side-effect.

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@article{Vale2000BenignPH, title={Benign prostatic hyperplasia and erectile dysfunction--is there a link?}, author={Justin Vale}, journal={Current medical research and opinion}, year={2000}, volume={16 Suppl 1}, pages={s63-7} }