When your body is under stress, it releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol is produced from cholesterol in the two adrenaline glands located on top of each kidney. It is released by body even when you wake up and during & after the exercise.
Whenever your body faces stress, adrenals secrete cortisol which in turn increase the blood sugar levels thereby restricting insulin production and increase heart rate. According to health experts, our fast paced stressed lifestyle pump out cortisol almost continuously thereby having an impact on our sexual health in particular.
Drop in insulin production leads to type-2 diabetes where the patient experience decrease in libido (sex drive), extreme fatigue, lack of energy and depression. Erectile dysfunction is a common problem with men having type-2 diabetes.
Abnormally high glucose levels can lead to nerve damage in the sphincter muscles, which encircle passages and openings of the body. In men, this can cause retrograde ejaculation, in which all or part of the semen is ejaculated back into the bladder instead of out the tip of the penis through an opening called the meatus.
Women with type 2 diabetes can experience vaginal dryness, which results from issues with blood flow to the genitals or from hormonal changes, and vaginal infections and inflammations, which can make sex painful.
Consistent high levels of cortisol can lead to erectile dysfunction in men and disturbs the ovulation and menstrual cycles in women. This also hampers the production of testosterone which can lead to fertility problems as well.
Stress management and Diet
According to health experts, best way to regulate the cortisol levels is by taking care of our diet and stress management. This can lead to better sexual health.
Reducing or eliminating caffeine and alcohol, eating foods having lower glycemic index (oats, beans, lentils, carrots), avoiding trans-fats ( available in chips, fries, fast-food) and intake of fibre rich diet (broccoli, peas) is key to better sexual health.
For better stress management get a sound sleep of 7-8 hours, perform breathing exercises and meditation and perform cardio and resistance workouts daily. Some people benefit from masturbation or sex toy play as a form of stress relief as well.
These simple tricks can keep your sexual health in check so that you can enjoy your sexual experiences, no matter your age!