Does High Cholesterol Affect Sexual Desire?
Many women who find they are suffering from high cholesterol also suffer from female sexual dysfunction, or FSD. The risk of FSD is higher in women with a cholesterol level of 240 or higher. And considering today, millions of Americans suffer from high cholesterol, the number of women who suffer from FSD also are on the rise.
In fact, recent medical surveys reveal that almost forty-three percent of all adult women suffer from various forms of sexual dysfunctions and while not as publicized as male erectile dysfunction, FSD is just as serious and just as common. The problem is not all in your head either, like many people think. FSD when diagnosed can easily be treated and the woman can once again gain a healthy and active sex life. Of course, there can also be stressful outside factors that may increase your chances of FSD other than just the high cholesterol. Women who suffer from stress such as family concerns, job and financial worries, illness, abuse, depression and more often than not an unsatisfying couple life.
Women with high cholesterol that may also have FSD will find they have a great difficulty becoming aroused, a low sex drive, difficulty reaching orgasm or pain and dryness during intercourse. These problems may occur often or just occasionally depending on the woman. When there is too much cholesterol in the body, it sticks to the artery walls and when there is a build-up it creates smaller openings for blood to pass through. This can cause poor blood flow to the vagina, which produces the undesirable side effects. This may make becoming aroused even more difficult and may also make it difficult to reach an orgasm.
Women today, even with high cholesterol, want to have a happy and healthy sex life. There are medications available to help lower the cholesterol and keep it under control. These medications mixed with a well balanced diet can not only lower your cholesterol, but they can also help increase your quality of sexual experiences. Talk with a doctor and find out about getting your high cholesterol under control and you could be on your way to a much better sex life.