The impact of stress on sex drive

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 If your sex drive is low, you can rest assured you’re not alone. This is a common problem that is thought to affect around one in five men and even more women at some stage in their lives.

There are a wide variety of triggers, ranging from underlying health problems to relationships issues and lifestyle pressures. Meanwhile, if men suffer problems getting and maintaining erections, they can be put off sex. If you or your partner are experiencing ED, you may benefit from investigating the range of treatments now available. Medicines such as Viagra and Cialis can prove highly effective, and you can get the full lowdown on these treatments, including Viagra and Cialis side effects, online.

Stress is also a major cause of reduced sex drives. If you feel under pressure, anxious or exhausted, your overall wellbeing and happiness can suffer and you may feel less inclined to get intimate with your partner.

 The science

 On the most basic level, feeling stressed can make you too tired or distracted to think about sex. However, there are also scientific reasons why stress has a negative impact on sex drive. When you feel under pressure, your body releases more of the stress hormone cortisol from the adrenal glands. Prolonged exposure to high levels of this hormone can result in a diminished sex drive.

Also, high stress over a long period of time can result in a depletion of neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine, which are connected to libido.

 Other negative effects of stress

 As well as the physical problems associated with too much stress, excessive pressure and anxiety can take its toll on relationships. You might find you are more prone to arguments with your partner when you are stressed. In turn, this can reduce your desire to have sex.

Stress can also lead to excessive drinking. Lots of people turn to alcohol as a means of escape. What starts off as having one beer or a glass of wine in the evening can turn into several pints or a whole bottle of wine. Too much drink can dull sexual pleasure and lead to erectile dysfunction.

 Take action

If you think that high stress levels are taking their toll on your sex drive, now’s the time to take action. Firstly, try to identify the main causes of anxiety and pressure in your life. If possible, make changes to address these. This may mean altering aspects of your work or family life.

Also, try relaxation techniques, such as yoga and breathing exercises. Even simply taking a holiday to get away from it all for a week or two could help to lower your stress levels.

As well as benefiting your love life, reducing stress will boost your overall happiness and wellbeing.

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