Testosterone, the male hormone, is closely associated with a male's sex drive and sexual performance. Low levels of this hormone can cause sexual dysfunction symptoms and disorders such as low libido and erectile dysfunction.
Smoking affects the levels of testosterone in both males and females. This is because it raises carbon monoxide levels in the body which leads to lower production of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunctions such as low libido and premature ejaculation. Furthermore, smoking can affect fertility as well making it harder to conceive along with negatively impacting a pregnancy. Men who are smokers commonly have low sperm counts and slow-moving sperm along with concerns about sperm function. Women who are smokers experience egg loss, disruption in ovarian cells responsible for making oestrogen/estrogen, and an increased incidence of genetic abnormalities in their children.
Sexual wellness from a holistic point of view caters to both the physical and psychological aspects of any diagnosed condition. There is a major psychological component to sexual disorders, for which we provide uninterrupted access to experts in the field.
Sexual dysfunction is a broad term that explains persistent discomfort or difficulty with sexual response, desire, or orgasm. Conditions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation fall under the sexual dysfunction category. Evidence-based and clinically proven sexual dysfunction treatments may include oral tablets, VED (vacuum erection device), injections, and/or surgery - the choice is dependent on the patient’s medical history and treatment plan.
While it is common knowledge that physical medical conditions or injuries can lead to sexual dysfunction, the fact that mental health conditions can also be a cause is often missed. When experiencing conditions such as depression and anxiety, an individual's mind and body are in a constant state of stress. This leads to the release of a hormone called cortisol - chronic high levels of this hormone can lead to the decrease of testosterone in the body. Low testosterone can lead to conditions such as low libido and erectile dysfunction. Depression is also characterised by a general lack of drive in all activities including sexual intimacy.