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Blood pressure and sexual health

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You probably don’t need a doctor or a sex expert (or a sex blogger) to tell you that physical health is important for sexual performance. We’ve known for a long time that high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, causes health problems for men and women alike. What you may not know is that men are more than twice as likely to have high blood pressure than women. It could be due to testosterone receptors or simply lifestyle, e.g. men’s tendency to prefer meat-heavy meals. Whatever the cause, high blood pressure can have far reaching consequences on the male body.

In some studies of men with this disorder, often the very first signs that they were suffering from high blood pressure or other diseases of the heart came in the form of erectile dysfunction. Many may be confused as to what cardiovascular health has to do with anything “down there.” However, when considering the fact that the human penis has no bones, and that all erections occur as a result of actions taking place in the vascular system, it is not surprising that these disorders are connected.

There are three major ways in which high blood pressure can affect erectile health. By becoming well versed in the symptoms of erectile dysfunction related to high blood pressure, men can empower themselves with the knowledge they need to make healthier choices.

Deflation, or Lack of Erection

High blood pressure is essentially an overabundance of pressure in the arteries that store blood. Over time, the increased pressure can weaken the circulatory system and decrease blood flow to certain areas of the body. Blood rushing to the penis is what causes an erection, and maintaining increased blood flow to the region during sex is what maintains it.

Circulation issues don’t just affect the function of sex, but every other bodily function. Let your doctor know about any signs of circulation problems, because delaying treatment could lead to life threatening complications. As the old adage says, where there’s smoke there’s fire, so it is vital to investigate any signs of illness in the cardiovascular system.

Decreased Sensitivity

Diminished circulation to the genital area does not only affect arousal. At times, men may be able to achieve an erection due to stimulus, but experience a lack of sensation. In the same way some paraplegic men are able to achieve erections despite lacking sensation, men with hypertension may experience erections, but not the pleasurable sensations associated with sex. If left untreated, hypertension can permanently damage the nerves associated with sexual stimulation and cause irreparable loss of sensation in the penile region.

Diminished Control

Some men develop a problem controlling their climaxes and merely attribute it to age. Though age can absolutely have an adverse effect on control, hypertension can also play a role. The same factors which lead to a lack of sensation can also affect sexual stamina and control. The processes by which men stave off orgasm are controlled by the vascular system, and as such these processes are directly affected by the amount of pressure placed on the delicate arterial system. Unhealthy arteries lead to diminished sexual capacity overall, but often men attribute this symptom simply to age because it frankly makes sense that it might eventually happen. While some loss of control is to be expected with age, severe problems, particularly those which have a sudden onset should be treated as a medical symptom and be addressed rather than ignored as something that just happens.

High blood pressure has many consequences. The effects this disorder has on the body can be far reaching and devastating if left untreated. Though there are many symptoms which are associated with high blood pressure, research has shown that in men, erectile dysfunction can be the earliest clue. By taking charge of their health, men have the opportunity to pursue happy and functional sex lives, free from embarrassment. Remember that any symptoms of disease should be immediately reported to a healthcare professional.