While light to moderate physical activity has been linked to higher sex drive, researchers warned that intense workout sessions can actually lower men’s libido. A new study confirms the health experts’ worries. Published on February 13th in the journal Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise, the paper talks about how strenuous exercise bouts affects men’s sex drive.
For their research, the scientists interviewed a group of men about the amount of time they spend in the gym and the quality of intimate time with their partners. Upon reviewing the participants’ accounts, the researchers determined that regularly engaging in demanding physical activity lowers the energy and testosterone levels in men and leads to lower sex drive. Shortly, the subjects are too exhausted to put in the effort and concentration required for sexual activities.
In light of these events, University of North Carolina’s Anthony Hackney believes healthcare providers who are counseling couples about sexual disorders should take into account the degree of endurance exercise training the man in performing as a possible complicating factor. However, intense and prolonged physical activity is not the only factor that has a negative impact on men’s sex drive, researchers noted.
According to the scientists, some chronic illnesses, as well as certain medication for high blood pressure can interfere with men’s libido and ultimately cause sexual dysfunction. For instance, researchers noted in their study, taking medication for blood pressure that contains beta-blockers and ACE inhibitors may prevent erection.
Also, some hair loss medication can deliver the same unwanted side effect, such as the treatment that President Donald Trump currently uses to treat male-pattern baldness. Unfortunately, however, the symptoms don’t necessarily go away as soon as the patient discontinues his treatment.
Researchers found that men with OSA (Obstructive Sleep Apnea) also have lower testosterone levels and, subsequently, decreased libido and sexual activity.
The scientists further discovered that marijuana stalls testosterone production by suppressing the pituitary gland. Furthermore, excess alcohol can cause fatigue and impair the nervous system, ultimately making arousal difficult.
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