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Cholesterol and Female Sexual Dysfunction

The buildup of cholesterol in pelvic arteries can lead to sexual problems among both men and women via a similar pathway (erectile dysfunction).

April 19, 2012 |
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Cholesterol doesn’t just build up inside our coronary arteries; it builds up inside of all of our arteries. In the heart it can cause a heart attack. In the brain it can cause a stroke. In our legs it can cause peripheral vascular disease, and clogs in our pelvic arteries can lead to sexual dysfunction—and not just in men.
Hyperlipidemia and sexual function in premenopausal women. Those with high cholesterol reported significantly lower arousal, orgasm, lubrication, and satisfaction. Atherosclerosis of the arterial bed supplying female pelvic anatomy can lead to decreased vaginal engorgement and clitoral erectile insufficiency syndrome, similar to erectile problems in men, resulting in vasculogenic female sexual dysfunction, an important factor of which may be failure to achieve clitoral tumescence, or engorgement.
Eating healthier can extend one’s life, and also one’s love life.

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Doctor's Note

For videos on the role that unhealthy diets play in the sexual function of men, see Atkins Diet: Trouble Keeping It Up and Rosy Glow. For a strategy for reducing cholesterol see Trans Fat, Saturated Fat and Cholesterol: Tolerable Upper Intake of Zero. Cholesterol is one of the more popular topics (56 videos). See all 1000+ in our cloud of subjects.

Also, be sure to check out my associated blog posts for additional context: The Most Anti-Inflammatory Mushroom and Do Vegans Get More Cavities?