But this spring a study was released about male migraineurs and erectile dysfunction. By the way, here’s the Mayo Clinic summary of this condition:
Erectile dysfunction (impotence) occurs when a man can no longer get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual intercourse. Having erection trouble from time to time isn’t necessarily a cause for concern. But if erectile dysfunction is an ongoing problem, it may cause stress, cause relationship problems or affect your self-confidence. [Read more]
Now we already know that erectile dysfunction (ED) can be a problem for patients with heart disease, diabetes, obesity, and other conditions. Certain medications can also be a problem, including drugs for high blood pressure, antidepressants, anti-convulsants, NSAIDs, and antihistamines.
The study from the College of Medicine, at the National Taiwan University, took 5763 patients with ED and another 17,289 controls. They then adjusted for some of the most common causes of ED. Then they checked to see who had been diagnosed with migraine.
In the end, they discovered that men who had been diagnosed with migraine were far more likely to have ED.
But here’s the surprise – one group in particular was very likely to have migraine and ED. This group was almost twice as likely to have been diagnosed with migraine compared to the control group. That was men ages 30-39.
Once again, it’s important to talk to a doctor who knows your medical history. As you can see, ED can be caused by certain medications that are common to migraine patients.
If you’re dealing with these two issues, you’re certainly not alone. Talk to your doctor and develop a strategy that works.