Erectile Dysfunction & High Blood Pressure
High blood pressure, otherwise known as hypertension, can contribute to erectile dysfunction (Erectile Dysfunction). Some of the medications used to treat high blood pressure can cause Erectile Dysfunction as well. About 30 percent of men with high blood pressure also have had Erectile Dysfunction. Finding a medication that treats high blood pressure without causing Erectile Dysfunction is a goal of many men.
The first step toward this goal is learning about the relationships among Erectile Dysfunction, high blood pressure, and blood pressure medications.
High blood pressure often has no signs or symptoms. But the impact on your sex life may be obvious.
A link between high blood pressure and sexual problems is proved in men. For women who have decreased sexual satisfaction, it’s not yet proved that high blood pressure is to blame or not !.
Over time, high blood pressure damages the lining of blood vessels and causes arteries to harden and narrow (atherosclerosis), limiting blood flow to Penis. This means less blood is able to flow to the penis.
For some men, the decreased blood flow makes it difficult to achieve and maintain erections — often referred to as erectile dysfunction. The problem is fairly common.
High blood pressure can also interfere with ejaculation and reduce sexual desire. Sometimes the medications used to treat high blood pressure have similar effects.
High blood pressure and Erectile Dysfunction
High blood pressure damages your arteries. Over time, it can cause your arteries to become less flexible and narrow. This reduces your blood flow. Not only does it put you at risk of heart attack and stroke, it also limits the blood that circulates to your penis. Proper blood flow through the arteries is needed to get and maintain an erection.
If Left untreated, high blood pressure can cause Erectile Dysfunction. However, some drug treatments for high blood pressure can also impair sexual function and cause Erectile Dysfunction.
High blood pressure’s effect on sexual problems in women isn’t well-understood. But it’s possible that high blood pressure could affect a woman’s sex life.
High blood pressure can reduce blood flow to the vagina. For some women, this leads to a decrease in sexual desire or arousal, vaginal dryness, or difficulty achieving orgasm. Improving arousal and lubrication can help.
Blood pressure medication and Erectile Dysfunction
Most of the blood pressure drugs are more likely to lead to Erectile Dysfunction. If you learn which high blood pressure drugs are more likely to cause erectile dysfunction as a side effect, then you can talk with your doctor about them. This will help you get treatment that is best for you both in and out of the bedroom.
High blood pressure medications that can cause sexual dysfunction as a side effect include:
- Water pills (diuretics);Diuretics can decrease forceful blood flow to the penis, making it difficult to achieve an erection. They can also deplete the body of zinc, which is necessary to make the sex hormone testosterone.
- Beta blockers;These medications, especially older generation beta blockers such as propranolol (Inderal, Innopran XL), are commonly associated with sexual dysfunction.
To reduce the risk of side effects from these medications, including sexual problems, take medications exactly as prescribed. If you still have side effects, talk to your doctor about other possible medications that may have fewer side effects.
- By making healthy lifestyle choices, you can lower your blood pressure and potentially improve your sex life. Healthy lifestyle choices include:
- Not smoking or using tobacco
- Eating healthy foods
- Limiting alcohol consumption
- Reducing the amount of salt in your diet
- Losing extra pounds
- Exercising regularly
Of course, a leaner body can boost your confidence and help you feel more attractive, which could also improve your sex life.