Diagnosing Sexual Dysfunction: How Vascular Conditions May Be The Culprit

When intimacy becomes a physical challenge, it may be easy to allow your self-confidence to plummet. Eventually facing a barrage of doubt and questions about what, exactly, you’re doing wrong, we’re here to tell you that the cause may be more easily identified than you would expect.

That is, in many cases, a loss of sex drive or worsened pain during intercourse is the result of vascular conditions.

Of course, the physical challenges that develop in men are different than those that may develop in women. Thus, we are here today to explain two of the most commonly occurring conditions that lead to sexual dysfunction:

Erectile Dysfunction in Men

As vascular conditions — like Peripheral Arterial Disease (PAD) — involve malfunctioning of the body’s overall circulatory process, they are especially likely to interfere with a man’s sexual capability and confidence.

Namely, with weakened or stagnated blood flow, men will often develop erectile dysfunction. In fact, one study from 2020 “suggests erectile dysfunction should be discussed with all PAD patients.”

Moreover, the study explains, erectile dysfunction may actually precede a PAD diagnosis.

Of course, those are not the only comorbidities observed in such cases. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, men that have been diagnosed with both PAD and diabetes are particularly susceptible to developing erectile dysfunction with time and age.

In other cases, men may also develop erectile dysfunction as a result of venous leakage as opposed to atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up within the vascular system.

Uterine Fibroids in Women

Men are not the only ones plagued with sexual challenges as a result of vascular conditions, the American Heart Association (AHA) explains, as “reduced blood flow can lead to … sexual arousal difficulties in women.”

Specifically, uterine fibroids are one of the most commonly occurring vascular conditions that may impact a woman’s libido and/or sense of wellbeing.

These non-cancerous vascular tumors grow on or around a woman’s uterus and may exert pressure on different organs depending on where, exactly, they develop. What’s more, many women experience a symptom known as dyspareunia — or persistent genital pain that arises as a result of sex. This pain may occur before, during, or after discourse.

According to research published by the International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM), out of a study of 827 women, approximately 63% of those women were living with fibroids. And of those women, a reported 22% of the group “said they had experienced deep dyspareunia during the previous year.”

Solutions For All

As our sex lives and libido are apt to influence our overall relationships, living with such conditions that leave us insecure, uncomfortable, or in pain may have resounding impacts on our emotional and physical wellbeing.

But regardless of what you face, Vascular Solutions of North Carolina is here to help you find the solutions you’ve long sought.

Practicing out of a state-of-the-art outpatient clinic, our team specializes in providing industry-leading vascular care that restores your comfort. To learn more about our services and team members, contact our office!

From your FREE screening to your treatment and recovery, we’re committed to providing you the highest-quality care every step of the way. Call Vascular Solutions of North Carolina today at 919-897-5999 to learn more!

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