If you were to survey a random group of men and women, you may find one of the biggest problems they have with sex is not having it
. That's really a shame on so many levels because numerous studies have shown that a satisfying and safe sex life not only makes us emotionally healthy, it can add years to our lives
While women are often blamed for putting on the brakes more than men, when the male partner has a loss of libido
, the relationship really takes a hit. What many don't realize, however, is that a man “not in the mood” is not as unusual as people think.
Most of the time, there is a reason for dwindling sexual performance. Nearly 20 percent of American men are affected by Erectile Dysfunction (ED). As a matter of fact, one new study shows that even men without ED can have problems achieving orgasm.
Since ED tends to get worse with age, there are many emotional and physical factors to look out for. Once you know what is causing your sexual problems, you can take steps to address them.4 health problems that could mess with your sex life.Your girl is one of the guys.
When a woman gets closer to a man's friends than he is, the man's feeling of masculinity may be compromised because he doesn't have his privacy and “independent time” with his guy friends. It's a man thing, but it is a REAL thing when it comes to “emotional” health. Research shows that men whose partner had frequent friendly contact with the man's male friends were 92 percent more likely to experience erectile trouble than a man who was closer than his partner to his own friends.Oxidative stress
can interfere with the production of nitric oxide, which helps dilate blood vessels and get the blood flowing in the right places. Some ED medications boost nitric oxide in the body though they do come with side effects. Since foods rich in antioxidants can fight free radicals, it's important to make sure you get plenty of them to keep your sexual health strong. A few foods high in antioxidants are blueberries, chocolate, tea, colorful vegetables, coffee, and walnuts. Exercise is good, too.Antidepressants
can cause low testosterone levels, which can in turn lead to a decreased sex drive. The culprits here are serotonin re-uptake inhibitors (SSRIs)
such as Paxil, Lexapro, and Prozac. However, it’s important to talk to your doctor if you think any medical condition, not just depression, could be affecting your performance. It could be the sports injury from years ago is just now causing your problems.Diabetes, heart problems and obesity
can cause inflammation, affect blood flow and hormones that need to be in good working order for intercourse. Research found that obese men with type-2 diabetes that lost five percent of their body weight regained much of their sexual desire and lost their ED within eight weeks. Also, healthy lifestyle changes directed at lowering heart disease and managing diabetes can help prevent ED. This includes a smart diet, exercise, moderate drinking and no smoking.
Men are notorious for avoiding a visit to the doctor, but if your sex life is suffering, it could be one of the best visits ever made. If you or your male partner is experiencing any of the above health problems, taking care of them could not only save your sex life, but the rest of your life, too!