Do prostate medications cause erectile dysfunction?

The bane of older men is prostate inflammation.

It causes difficulty in urination.

Then it can cause pain and suffering.

It can cause a constant need to pee, while never really being able to empty your bladder.

It’s no fun at all.

So naturally, men turn to their doctor — who turns to big Pharma for a solution in the form of a magic potion.

Finasteride used to be that magic potion.

But does prostate medication result in erectile dysfunction?

For years, many years, the drug companies producing finasteride insisted that it did not cause erectile dysfunction.

For instance in this 1998 “research article” by Dr. Justin Vale:

Do prostate medications cause erectile dysfunction?

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

You can see the Dr. Vale, who is a very noted Yale urologist, isn’t quite on the mark.

But the literature is full of such “research articles” versus “studies.”

Meanwhile, the promoters of finasteride raked in billions of dollars.

And they still do.

Now, 20 years later, it’s quite obvious that finasteride causes erectile dysfunction

It always has and always did.

ED is just one of the side effects of enlarged prostate medication.

Do prostate medications cause erectile dysfunction?Chances are, the study was done by someone in bed with the developer of another prostate drug (possibly Flomax, known as tamsulosin).

But it is at least accurate as far as the link between ED and finasteride.

Long-term treatment with finasteride therapy is associated with worsening of erectile dysfunction (ED),

Long-term finasteride therapy resulted in reduction in total T levels, contributing to a state of hypogonadism. 

Now they’re promoting a newer drug, dutasteride.

It is supposedly better than finasteride.

What do they claim?

They claim that dutasteride does not cause erectile dysfunction and that it helps prostate problems.

We’ve heard this tune before.

Let’s look at the truth.

Do prostate medications cause erectile dysfunction?These patients were given dutasteride for a full year.

Many of them had shrinkage of the prostate of… Ready for this?


Yes, just 5% reduction in prostate size after a full year of medication.

Was it worth it?

So for this 5% decrease in prostate size, did they get erectile dysfunction?

Do prostate medications cause erectile dysfunction?Some of these patients had severe ED already.

And some are younger and did not have as much ED.

The study attempts to throw this all together into one bucket.

But here’s a result.

significant decreases were observed in hardness after 3, 6, and 12 months of the dutasteride treatment, with the severity of ED deteriorating in half of these patients after 12 months of the treatment.

In other words, this new miracle potion is just like the old miracle potion.

It causes massive and sometimes even permanent ED in men.

How to fix prostate problems without pills?

It’s about time that we all learn the games at big Pharma plays.

They push the new drug, and they create phony or trumped-up studies showing how wonderful the new drug is.

Then after the patent expires, they’re onto a new drug.

The old drug is suddenly no good.

But we knew the older drug was no good all along, didn’t we?

If you want to fix prostate issues, there are some very easy natural ways of doing it.

Prostate issues are actually caused by excess estrogen in the body.

The excess estrogen causes inflammation in many cells including the prostate.

I found that things that diminished estrogen can also fix prostate issues.

Natural things.

Even things like milk, orange juice, and aspirin can be helpful.

A little bit of progesterone in the right place… and you can be as good as new.

Without getting terrible ED.

Matt Cook is editor-in-chief of Daily Medical Discoveries. Matt has been a full time health researcher for 26 years. ABC News interviewed Matt on sexual health issues not long ago. Matt is widely quoted on over 1,000,000 websites. He has over 300,000 daily newsletter readers. Daily Medical Discoveries finds hidden, buried or ignored medical studies through the lens of 100 years of proven science. Matt heads up the editorial team of scientists and health researchers. Each discovery is based upon primary studies from peer reviewed science sources following the Daily Medical Discoveries 7 Step Process to ensure accuracy.
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Erectile Dysfunction– is there a Link?

Finasteride, not tamsulosin, increases severity of erectile dysfunction and decreases testosterone levels in men with benign prostatic hyperplasia  

Effects of dutasteride on lower urinary tract symptoms: a prospective analysis based on changes in testosterone/dihydrotestosterone levels and total prostatic volume reduction

A prospective longitudinal survey of erectile function status in symptomatic benign prostatic hyperplasia patients treated with dutasteride