Can a stroke cause sexual dysfunction?

3 answers | Last updated: Oct 10, 2016
A fellow caregiver asked...

After having a stroke I have had difficulty getting an erection and having sex. Did having the stroke affect something in my brain to produce this negative affect?

Expert Answers

James Castle, M.D. is a neurologist at NorthShore University HealthSystem (affiliated with The University of Chicago) and an expert on strokes.

Unfortunately, the answer is yes. A stroke can effect the neural control over sexual function and erection.

The good news is that, if your stroke was recent, this function may improve with time. Usually, stroke victims continue to have symptomatic improvement from anywhere between 6-24 months after the stroke. Also, you should ask your primary care physician if you can safely take an erection medication such as sildenafil or tadalafil (Viagra or Cialis).

Community Answers

A fellow caregiver answered...

Yes, for sure. The fact that you had a stroke your heart is not healhty as normal,and every area of your body will be affected. But there's always a remedy for that, when anyone is willing to try the Natural remedy together with belief, then someone will bliss your whole being and make you a NEW YOU! Again! but it's just a matter of CHOICE to the individual.ladypityu

A fellow caregiver answered...

Pls. try to avoid using viagra, you will just add more toxic into your body. Yes! I agree that it takes 6-24 months to see the improvements from the stroke. but need to make a lot of changes in your lifestyl so as the people around you who's helping you and needs consistency.ladypityu