Effect of Stress on Sex

Effect of Stress on Sex

Effect of Stress on Sex

BY Dr Yuvraj Arora , Sexology

Sex is a proven mode of stress busting. Sex can be a good stress buster. Having sex while stressed is very effective to let go. It might also be considered as an exercise routine, and exercise in itself is a stress buster. But then doesn’t stress take a toll on sex?

Everyone knows that stress can affect your mood, your sleeping habits, and your waistline, but did you know that stress can also affect your sex life? If ignored, stress can completely derail your libido and sexual response.

The effects of stress are insidious. It takes a toll on your physical, emotional and relationship health, probably more than you realize. Here are a few ways stress can impact your sex life:

1. Stress can result in a negative body structure: Stress affects your metabolism. It may cause you to gain or lose weight unintentionally. This might affect your self-image and you might lose your confidence. It will make you feel bad about your body. And when your self-image is lowered with your confidence, results in you having less sex. This in turn creates relationship problems.

2. Stress poses a negative impact to your libido: Stress produces a hormone called corsitol. Corsitol in turn suppresses the sex hormones in the body. This lowers your libido, resulting in less amount of sex.

3. Stress leads to drinking: Stress, often, leads to excessive drinking. You might want to drink to forget the reason of stress. But drinking doesn’t really help you release your stress. It just results in a bad experience with a terrible headache and bad sex. Alcohol is known for its ability to make sex dull.

4. Stress harms fertility and the menstrual cycle: Stress harms the pituitary gland which controls the thyroid gland and the adrenal gland along with ovaries. When the pituitary glands take a toll, the ovaries do not function properly. This affects the menstrual cycle. It might also cause infertility if you try getting pregnant while in stress.