Today’s world is full of stressful situations, both at work and at home. Excessive levels of stress can lead to a lot of problems with your health, including things like heart disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, obesity, and even excess alcohol consumption. It can also lead to erectile dysfunction, either directly or through the health conditions we mentioned before.
On Its Own – High stress prompts your adrenal glands to start pumping out a hormone called cortisol. Because your body thinks it is in danger, testosterone, which is a sex hormone, becomes much less of a priority. This dip in testosterone levels, especially if it is prolonged, can lead to erectile dysfunction.
If you suffer from performance anxiety in the bedroom, this can hinder your ability to get and maintain an erection. Things related to anxiety like body image issues, lack of self-confidence, relationship problems, and financial burdens can also interfere with your sexual health.
Heart Disease/High Blood Pressure – Heart disease and high blood pressure affect the blood vessels, and can reduce the flow of blood to your penis.
Obesity – Excess weight, and the poor eating and lack of exercise that lead to it, will leave you feeling sluggish and can even contribute to body image issues. This can lower your sex drive, which can make it harder to perform when you need to. Obesity can also put you at risk for things like diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, which have all been linked to erectile dysfunction.