Friday, March 30th, 2012

What Your Sex Life Tells About Your Health

THE GLOSSIES CLAIM about phenomenal health benefits arising from a hectic activity under the sheets. Not that they are wrong, but there is a lot more that your sex life tells. The quality of your sex life or the absence of it, speaks volumes about your overall health, signals that are pertinent enough to be noticed and acted upon. Guardian Health Chronicle lists them.

FOR MEN

Sex Scene # 1 

NO MORE NAUGHTY AT FORTY

It might be low testosterone

Stress and falling out of love too can make you lose interest in sex. But, if other things are just fine, and you prefer to count sheep, rather than get intimate with your partner, low testosterone levels may be the reason behind it. This is more common in men post forty. The other symptoms of low testosterone are:

  • Fatigue
  • Irritability
  • Loss of concentration
  • Foggy memory
  • Dwindling muscle strength

“Low testosterone levels indicate slowing down of bodily functions in men. If it’s low, you’re at increased risk for osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, coronary artery disease, metabolic syndrome, and premature death—and your only symptom may be low libido,” says Dr Rajesh Taneja, senior consultant urology at Pushpavati Singhania Institute. Testosterone levels begin to flag once a man reaches fifty, but of late it has started much earlier. 80 percent of men do not seek any advice for it.

Stress and high blood pressure meds too can play spoilsport with your desire. Coincidentally, forties is the time when men are mostly at the peak of their career. Then, there is technology which is encroaching upon the ‘me-time’ of the couple.

What to do?

Get your testosterone levels checked and visit an urologist (the specialist who fixes men’s plumbing concerns) to treat low libido.

Sex Scene #

IT ENDS BEFORE IT EVEN BEGINS

It might be pre-mature ejaculation.

Erectile dysfunction has become quite common in younger men (read less than forty these days). Reduction in erectile function is a bad news because it is suggestive of blocking of penile arteries, which are much smaller than coronary arteries. “Thus, one must be on the lookout for impending narrowing of arteries of the heart if a man is detected with erectile dysfunction,” cautions Dr Taneja.

What to do?

Get your lipid profile done and know about your cholesterol numbers to know the status of your heart health. Erectile dysfunction is a precursor to angina. Hence, don’t let it go, just like that. Meet a cardiologist.

Sex Scene # 3

YOU SUDDENLY CAN’T GET IT UP, BUT YOU WERE FINE LAST MONTH.

It might be a blocked artery, especially if your leg mysteriously hurts, too

The occasional limp penis is a casualty of naturally decreasing hormone levels as men age and experience changes in relationships. But what happens when ED comes on suddenly? An unusual but worrisome cause is aortoiliac occlusive disease, or Leriche’s syndrome, a narrowing of a heart artery due to blockage.
Hallmarks of Leriche’s syndrome: erectile problems that come on suddenly (one week you’re fine, and the next you have persistent issues) and are accompanied by pain in the leg (especially the calf) or the buttock, especially when you walk or exercise. People with problems of the nervous system (Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, diabetes) are at higher risk, as are smokers and those with high blood pressure.

What to do?

Report this unusual combination of symptoms to your doctor. It’s another kind of blood flow issue.

FOR WOMEN

Sex Scene # 1
YOU’VE BEEN AVOIDING SEX

It might be vulvodyania.
While insufficient foreplay can cause fleeting causes of pain in women, vulvodynia is different. Women suffering from this disorder experience a more generalized kind of pain, often described as burning, stinging, or knife-like sensation and shows up even when they’re not having sex, says Dr

What to do?
See a gyanecologist. The cause of vulvodynia is unknown, but a thorough medical workup can rule out other possible causes, such as skin diseases or infections.

Sex Scene # 2
YOU DON’T LUBRICATE MUCH WHEN AROUSED AND YOU ARE NOT EVEN MENOPAUSAL

It might be sign of an unhealthy heart.
Most women know that vaginal dryness and perimenopasue (a period prior to menopause) and menopause go together. However, you are less than forty and do not lubricate enough, it could be a cause of concern. May be it’s a signal of unhealthy heart. ‘Smokers are more prone to it. While over-the-counter water based lubricants can take care of the dryness, you need to get this investigated in detail,’ informs Dr

What to do?
Get your lipid profile done, to evaluate your heart’s status. Meet your gynaecologist, who might refer you to a cardiologist.

Sex Scene # 3
YOU ARE NEVER IN THE MOOD
It might be depression.
If you were enthusiastic about sex, but now view the act as a chore and try to invent reasons to evade it, it is a classic sign of clinical depression. Ironically, the treatment for depression, antidepressant medications, can produce the same effect or worsen already dormant desire. An estimated 30 to 70 percent of those taking antidepressants report difficulty with arousal or climax. Low testosterone levels too are responsible for sexual ennui (agreed, men have more of testosterone hormone), but they don’t have monopoly over it. Testosterone is linked to desire and in the years prior to menopause the shifting levels can dry your desire completely.

What to do?
View the lack of desire with concern and talk about this to your doctor.

Fix your sexual concerns and enjoy the act. It’s the best exercise you can get after all.

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