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It’s often said that your genitals are the barometer of your overall health. When we see genital dysfunction, it often precedes dysfunction in the heart, kidney or in the brain. Genital health is an important part of ones health, and it goes beyond fertility, desire for sex, your ability to get and keep an erection or ability to reach orgasm. Genital problems can be a warning of some sort of underlying health condition. Prolonging health issues affecting your genitals can also impact other areas of your life, causing relationship problems and severe stress thus harming your self-confidence. Be aware of signals and symptoms of genital problems and what you can undertake to defend your health.
What affects genital health?
Various factors can affect genital health. For example:
- Smoking. It is scientifically proven that smoking doubles your risk of erectile dysfunction.
- Aging. Testosterone levels decline as you are getting older thus leading to a decrease in libido and sexual interest.
- Unprotected sex. You can contract a serious STD or sexually transmitted infection if you practice unprotected and unsafe sex. Also forceful sex or an injury to the pelvic area can result in vaginal trauma.
- Aggressive or acrobatic sex or masturbation may affect your genitals. If your penis gets curved abruptly or vigorously while erect, the trauma might cause a penis fracture.
- Feminine-hygiene products or even some types of birth control. Barrier contraceptives, such as diaphragms, condoms, and spermicides may cause severe irritation. Infections after vaginal childbirth or using a tampon for longer than 8 hours can increase the risk of infections. For example using a tampon for longer than 8 hours may cause toxic shock syndrome which is a life-threatening complication of a bacterial infection.
- Hormone levels. Estrogen production declines after menopause and during breast-feeding. Loss of estrogen can cause the vaginal lining to thin making sex painful. Also hormone imbalances, such as testosterone deficiency or too much of the hormone prolactin, have been linked to erectile dysfunction.
- Heart disease and diabetes. It may seem unrelated at first, but restricted blood flow caused by hardening of the arteries or diabetes may even cause erectile dysfunction.
- Some medications and treatments. Use of some antibiotics increases the risk of a vaginal yeast infection. It is proven that treatment for prostate cancer by surgical removal of the prostate gland and surrounding tissue might cause urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction. Scarring from pelvic surgery and certain cancer treatments also can cause painful sex. Also conditions known as pelvic inflammatory disease or endometriosis might cause painful sex.
- Psychological problems. Anxiety and depression can contribute to a low level of arousal and resulting discomfort or pain during sex. Also trauma, such as sexual or child abuse or an initial painful sexual experience can lead to pain associated with sex.
- Neurological conditions such as multiple sclerosis, stroke, back injuries or spinal cord injuries and dementia can really impact the transfer of nerve impulses from your brain to the genitals causing dysfunction.
- Piercings. A genital piercing can cause skin infections.
The bottom line? Don’t be embarrassed. Talk to your health care provider, and make discussing genital dysfunction the main goal or your appointment.
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SOURCE: IMS Health, Integrated Promotional Services™. IMS Health Report, 1966 – 2012.
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