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Can Obesity cause Sex Problems in Men?

Snr By Arka Roy Chowdhury , Onlymyhealth editorial team / Nov 22, 2012
Can Obesity cause Sex Problems in Men?

Obesity which causes a lot of other diseases can also cause an erectile dysfunction in you. Here is a look at the how that happens.

Can Obesity cause Sex Problems in Men

If it was not enough for obesity to be such a life threatening disease, it has further made clear of its position by threatening our sex lives. It has been found that obese men find it difficult to perform in bed due to factors such as low self esteem andlow self-esteem.

[Read: Symptoms of Obesity]

Psychological Effect

Performance anxiety and low self-esteem can be a big issue for men if they are obese, what's with all the modelling craze and hot beach bods making the rounds of popular culture, men are getting more and more depressed about their physique/physical fitness levels.


  • Perfomance Anxiety: To be termed as obese means to be on the extreme end of being fat, and then comes the question of good perfomance in bed. It is certainly a worrying factor to weigh truckloads, thus making your sexual activity too difficult or strenuous. Also, you will constantly feel a lack of energy and would be lethargic, thus reducing your sexual desire, and making your sex life boring and pusing it dangerously on the brink of extinction. You will probably never get past the threshold of the bedroom door! 
  • Low Self Esteem: To get butt naked and dive in the sea of sexual desire can be a nerve wrecking experience because obese men have the fear of rejection owing to excessive body weight. Low self-esteem is evident and this makes it difficult to even talk or make an eye contact with the opposite sex. This way the desire for sex, sexual performance, and even sexual enjoyment fall dramatically. We say forget about low self esteem and that feeling of shame; be confident and meet the opposite sex eye to eye!And if you really think you need to lose weight, keep at it.


[Read: Herbal Cure for Low Sex Drive]

Direct Effect of Obesity


The causes for erectile dysfunction are diseases that directly affect vascular function, such as hypertension, heart disease and diabetes, and obesity causes most of these diseases. Therefore, if you are obese you by default suffer from these diseases, which will directly cause you to get an erectile dysfunction. It is also possible for obesity to directly affect erectile dysfunction by lowering testosterone levels. Testosterone, as you may know is the primary sex hormone in men, and it plays an important role in both libido and sexual function. When obesity contributes to other diseases, such as hypertension that are known factors in erectile dysfunction, the penis suddenly needs a sufficient supply of blood for an erection, and once engorged the vessels would need to close in order to maintain the erection. The diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease contribute to erectile dysfunction by damaging and constricting blood vessels and affecting the blood flow in the penis.

The only sure way to steer away from such complications is to get fight obesity by doing exercises and eating nutritious diet. This way the testosterone level will also increase, and you will shed those extra kilos in order to keep fit and healthy.


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