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Liver Health and Sexual Dysfunction

What is the Treatment for Sexual Dysfunction?

Once a medical assessment has been made, depending on the severity of the problem, common treatments may include:

While remedies such as prescription medications and hormone replacement therapy are the most common treatments for sexual dysfunction, individuals with chronic liver disease must use caution and work closely with his or her physician when considering such treatment. Because drugs such as Viagra and the like are metabolized through the liver, careful monitoring by a physician, preferably a liver specialist is essential for anyone with liver disease.

Studies have failed to conclusively determine whether testosterone replacement treatment improves sexual function in men with chronic liver disease. Furthermore, testosterone may even be dangerous for those with liver disease. There­fore, this type of treatment cannot be recommended until further research has confirmed its effectiveness.

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