High blood pressure meds and yoga can help women regain their sex life.
The fact that high blood pressure can affect a woman’s sex life has been well researched. A study published in the Journal of Hypertension has found that women with hypertension, whether treated or untreated, are 58 percent less sexually active and have 71.7 percent more sexual problems than those with no high blood pressure.
An earlier study of female sexual dysfunction (FSD) published in the journal involved 417 women of which 216 had arterial hypertension (136 treated, 80 untreated) and 201 had normal blood pressure. Sexual dysfunction was found in 42.1 percent of women with hypertension compared with 19.4 percent without. Successful control of hypertension was related to lower prevalence of FSD. They also found that age, hypertension severity, hypertension duration, and antihypertensive treatment, were “significant predictors of sexual dysfunction in this patient population.”
Other studies have investigated why hypertension causes FSD. One attributed it to the fact that by reducing blood flow to the vagina, hypertension causes less sexual desire or arousal, vaginal dryness, or difficulty achieving orgasm. Another said high blood pressure leaves women feeling exhausted.
What can be done? Researchers say that the prevalence of FSD declines with adequate blood pressure control with medication that does not affect sexual function. This “can have a great impact on the quality of life of hypertensive patients. Physicians should recognize and properly manage FSD in hypertensive women.”
A new study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, says that practicing yoga is not only a way to tone the body and to de-stress, but boosts the libido particularly in women diagnosed with metabolic syndrome including obesity and high blood pressure. A group of 41 women with metabolic syndrome, aged 30–60 years, were assigned to a control group or an experimental group that went through a 12-week yoga program. At the end of the 12 weeks, those who did yoga experienced more signs of arousal, including increased lubrication, than those in the control group.
Researchers concluded that their findings suggest that “yoga may be an effective treatment for sexual dysfunction in women with metabolic syndrome as well as for metabolic risk factors.”