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Blood pressure and a man’s sex life

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I am a male who wants to know what affects high blood pressure would have on my sexual life?

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Untreated hypertension can lead to impotence in men. High blood pressure damages blood vessels. When enough damage has occurred to the blood vessels supplying the penis, it may be difficult for a man to obtain an erection. In addition, untreated high blood pressure can affect hormone and chemical levels in the body that are necessary to obtain an erection.


Blood pressure and a woman’s sex life

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What affects high blood pressure would have on woman’s sexual life?

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It’s possible that high blood pressure could affect a woman’s sex life. However, high blood pressure’s effect on sexual problems in women isn’t clear enough.
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. Like men, women can experience anxiety and relationship issues due to sexual dysfunction. Women should talk to their doctor if they experience these difficulties.
Source: Mayo Clinic staff


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Does lisinopril cause sexual dysfunction & problems with the renal system?

Question: Does lisinopril have any effect on male genital organs? Does its prolonged use impair one’s sexual life and have adverse results on the renal system?

Answer: Lisinopril use may decrease libido and cause erectile dysfunction. Use may also cause your kidneys to fail. These are known side effects, but they do not occur very often. You should discuss your concerns with your doctor. All drugs have side effects. You and your doctor need to decide if the benefits of a drug outweigh the risks associated with taking it.


Why does blood pressure increase with sexual activity?

Question: Why does blood pressure rise during sexual intercourse? My heart beat increases so much, that I realize that my blood pressure has risen very high. What causes this?

Answer: Sexual intercourse is an activity that requires exertion, so it is natural for your blood pressure to go up and your heart to beat faster. With any form of activity, your body needs more oxygen. To deliver the needed oxygen, both heart rate and blood pressure increase. It sounds like you are having difficulty with the physical effort required for sexual intercourse. You should discuss this with your doctor. If your blood pressure is normal, you may just need to start a regular exercise program to build up your physical stamina.


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