Can high cholesterol negatively affect your sexual health?
The effects of chronic high cholesterol goes far beyond its effect on your cardiovascular system, and by association, it affects your sexual health as well. In this article, we’ll discuss the effects of cholesterol on your sexual health, and what you can do about it.
What makes cholesterol dangerous to your health?
By now, it should be common knowledge that there is good and bad cholesterol for your body. LDL, or low-density lipoprotein, is considered bad for the body because it contributes largely to the fatty buildup in arteries, which make arteries less flexible, leading to the narrowing or blockage of blood vessels. Atherosclerosis, or the buildup of fatty tissue in blood vessels, is the most common result of high levels of cholesterol in the body.
High cholesterol and sexual health
The domino effect of atherosclerosis reach the arteries that supply blood to the male organ. Atherosclerosis greatly reduces the amount of blood that flows to the male organ, which makes it increasingly difficult to obtain and sustain an erection. Without the right treatment, the effects of high cholesterol on male sexual health would only increase and eventually lead to a permanent erectile dysfunction.
Some cardiovascular treatments work well with erectile dysfunction medicine such as ACE inhibitors, but some, such as nitrates, may not be taken with PDE-5 inhibitors. For a better assessment, you can discuss with your physician about the best way to treat high cholesterol and erectile dysfunction.
What you can do about high cholesterol
The treatment of high cholesterol is a lifelong commitment. It involves a drastic lifestyle change, with the necessary discipline to stick with your treatment plan. In any case, your doctor would always know the best possible way to deal with high cholesterol and sexual dysfunction.