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Health problems which may be sabotaging your sex life

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Health problems which may be sabotaging your sex life

15th Nov 2019| by Colin Katz
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It should be a joyful experience

Intimacy with a loving partner is rated as one of life’s greatest pleasures. But studies have shown that a long-term health problem can take the joy right out of sex. Some health problems can affect arousal, orgasms, and even desire. The key to finding a solution is to establish just what the problem might be.

Here is a list of some of the health issues that could be affecting your sex life:

  • Diabetes. High blood sugar may damage nerves and blood vessels with time. Damaged blood vessels can reduce the blood flow to the sexual organs where a good blood flow is vital for sexuality. Men may battle with erection problems, and women can suffer from a lack of desire, vaginal dryness, and painful intercourse. Manage your diabetes well to avoid these issues.
  • Heart disease. This also leads to blood vessel damage and narrowed arteries which impede blood flow to where it is needed for sexuality. Lifestyle and diet changes can make a huge positive difference.
  • Cancer. If you have cancer anywhere in the body, sex will most likely be the last thing on your mind. But when you do have the urge to be intimate, chemo and other treatments may leave you tired and feeling ill. Try and connect in other ways to stay close.
  • Chronic pain. If you have a condition that causes chronic pain, and your meds do not control the pain well, sex might have to take a back seat. Some pain meds also have sexual side effects and this can also be a hassle. Speak to your doctor.
  • Arthritis symptoms can cramp your sex life. If you want to be intimate, plan ahead for the time of the day when you feel your best. Be sure to take your medication about an hour before a sexual encounter.
  • Low testosterone – low T. If you have a low T condition which keeps your sex drive in low gear, visit the doctor for blood tests to establish what the situation is. Depending on the results, some men may need testosterone replacement.
  • Loss of bladder control. This is more common in older folk, especially women. Leaking urine during sex can be extremely embarrassing for both men and women. It is treatable, and medical intervention will help. Put embarrassment aside and visit the doctor, or you may end up avoiding any idea of sex.
  • HIV and Aids. HIV affects the body’s ability to manufacture hormones, including the sex hormones – testosterone and estrogen. A reduced supply of these hormones may lead to problems with libido and sexual function. Treatment with ARV drugs which help to keep HIV in check can have a similar effect on libido and sexuality.
  • Depression and anxiety. Some antidepressant drugs used to treat anxiety are known to have a negative effect on sexual desire. If you are on meds to treat this condition and feel your libido is being compromised, ask your doctor to investigate the side effects of your meds, and if necessary, change the dosage or switch medications.
  • These are just some of the health conditions which can affect your sex life and rob you of the joy you should be experiencing. Fortunately, most are treatable with medical intervention, and sometimes also a change of lifestyle, and diet, as well as getting regular exercise

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