How Does High Blood Pressure Affect Sexual Function?
Since female arousal is largely dependent on a good supply of blood
to the vagina and clitoris it makes sense that a condition which
interferes with blood flow, as high blood pressure does, can commonly
lead to female sexual dysfunction (FSD).
FSD High BP Stat
A blood pressure of 140/90 mmHg or higher is considered high. According to statistics from the American Heart Association, of the 65 million Americans with high blood pressure, nearly half are women. Women with high blood pressure are two times more likely to experience symptoms of sexual dysfunction than women who have normal blood pressure. What's more, as women get older and have high blood pressure for a longer period of time, their chances of experiencing sexual dysfunction increases.
High blood pressure is the higher than normal tension or pressure
within the arteries. When blood pressure is high for a long time, the
arteries can get stiff or narrow, which keeps the blood from flowing
easily throughout the body. Blood flow is critical to healthy sexual
function. Common sexual side effects of high blood pressure include
difficulty becoming aroused and difficulty reaching orgasm.
While high blood pressure can result in sexual dysfunction, some
medications used to treat high blood pressure can also cause problems
with sexual function. Women who take drugs to treat their high blood
pressure, but do not reach their target goal, are more likely to
experience sexual dysfunction when compared with women who were not
taking medication. However, women who do gain control of their blood
pressure through drugs are much less likely to experience sexual
problems. This can put women and their doctors in a tough spot when
trying to choose a viable treatment.
With Lyriana there is now a safe, easy way to improve sexual
function without interfering with blood pressure treatments. Lyriana is
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help immediately improve sexual function. Learn more about how Lyriana works to increase blood flow to the vaginal tissues to stimulate arousal and enhance sexual experience.