Sexuality and Health
In our country, we hardly discuss the issues related with sexual satisfaction. It is because of the social nurturing we have been through. There many aspects and reasons why we don’t speak out loud about the issues pertaining to sexual satisfaction. However the main reason is social upbringing we have had so far.
But to my surprise, some people do seek advice of sexual disorders. Yes it’s a disorder. Unlike other diseases, this disorder can be an ill effect of unhealthy inactive lifestyle.
Who all can be victims of these problems?
- People who are obese
- People whose BMI is above 30 (To check your BMI click here)
- People who are depressed
- People who are victims of abusive relationship
Lets try to figure out the problems of sex life
When a person is morbidly obese, their sex life often suffers. Desire for sex, performance, and enjoyment can nosedive. Many simply avoid sex altogether, new research shows.
In fact, morbidly obese people are 25 times more likely to report problems in their sex lives, compared with normal-weight people.
It’s a difficult topic for people to talk about, men and women alike, Yet the fact that the majority of the population is overweight, we’re going to see more people affected by this. This is not just a physical issue; it’s a psychosocial issue involving body image and performance anxiety.”
There are 4 aspects of sexual problems or issues
Enjoyment of sexual activity
Good sex comes from understanding how your body works. Everyone has different sex drives and likes different things when it comes to sex, so don’t worry about whether you’re “normal.” Sexual pleasure describes the good and pleasant feelings that can be associated with sexual experiences. These feelings often come from sexual contact, but can also come from thoughts and fantasies. Sexual pleasure arises through touch on many parts of the body. Some places are particularly sensitive. These places are called erogenous zones. The point is, do you really enjoy the experience? Or have you ever tried to understand that is your partner enjoying sex with you? Are able to satisfy yourself and your partner also? And this satisfaction is the key to improve relationships which shows in your family culture.
Wikipedia says following about sexual desire. “Sexual desire is a motivational state and an interesting “sexual objects or activities, or as a wish, or drive to seek out sexual objects or to engage in sexual activities”. Synonyms for sexual desire are libido,sexual attraction and lust.” Sexual desire can be spontaneous or responsive. Sexual desire is dynamic, can either be positive or negative, and can vary in intensity depending on the desired object/person. The sexual desire spectrum is described by Stephen B. Levine as: aversion –> disinclination –> indifference –> interest –> need –> passion.
Sexual desire disorder is a psychiatric condition marked by a lack of desire for sexual activity over a prolonged period. A diagnosis of sexual desire disorder in men and women refers to a lack of, or significantly reduced, sexual interest or desire for sexual activity. This can include an absence of sexual thoughts or fantasies, reduced or absent pleasure during sexual activity, and absent or reduced interest in internal or external erotic cues.
Though prima facie this looks an issue related with psychology, this is more related with health. People with healthy active life style are less likely to have or face such an issue till their 60s.
Difficulty with sexual performance
A sexual problem, or sexual dysfunction, refers to a problem during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the man or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the activity. The sexual response cycle has four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm, and resolution.
What Causes Sexual Problems?
Sexual dysfunction can be a result of a physical or psychological problem.
- Physical causes: Many physical and medical conditions can cause problems with sexual function. These conditions include diabetes, heart and vascular (blood vessel) disease, neurological disorders, hormonal imbalances, chronic diseases such as kidney or liver failure, and alcoholism and drug abuse. In addition, the side effects of certain medications, including some antidepressant drugs, can affect sexual desire and function.
- Being overweight. BMI above 30
- Psychological causes: These include work-related stress and anxiety, concern about sexual performance, marital or relationship problems, depression, feelings of guilt, and the effects of a past sexual trauma.
Avoiding sexual encounters.
This is the result of all three above. If you have problems with three above mentioned aspects of sex, then certainly, this is what you will be doing quite often.
To have healthy active super-duper sex life, you must have healthy active and super-duper body. You must be in great health to experience the real joy of sexual encounter.
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