Sex and High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke, but did you know it could also impact your sex life?
We all know that high blood pressure can increase your risk for heart attack and stroke and lead to cardiovascular problems. But did you know it could also impact your sex life?
Because blood pressure affects the blood flow throughout your body, it can prevent adequate blood flow to the pelvis and affect the sex lives of both men and women. In men, high blood pressure can lead to erectile dysfunction because of limited blood flow through the veins and arteries. And age doesn’t matter—even men in their mid-30s can have high blood pressure that affects their sex lives. But it’s not only men who are affected—women with high blood pressure can have a lower libido and reduced interest in sex.
Stress and anxiety may also play a role, because they’re often linked to high blood pressure and sexual dysfunction. Men who are under stress may be less likely to perform sexually, and women are often less likely to desire sex during stressful times. Blood pressure medicines may also affect sexual performance in men, because erectile dysfunction is sometimes a side effect of beta blockers and ACE inhibitors.
Generally, it’s safe to have sex if you have high blood pressure, but if you’re concerned talk with your doctor. Don’t stop taking your blood pressure medication if the side effects negatively affect your sex life—your doctor may be able to prescribe a medicine that may not have the same side effects.
If you haven’t been diagnosed with high blood pressure, sexual dysfunction could indicate you have high blood pressure and other heart problems. If you’re experiencing problems in the bedroom, visit your healthcare provider to see if cardiovascular problems may be the cause.