No man or woman is free from stress. Everybody is faced daily with stressors either physical, mental or emotional, including sexual. While sex is considered as one of the most effective ways to reduce stress, being stressed may also ruin your sexual desire, even your entire life. It may be positive or negative, and if you haven’t been used to fighting it off, the sudden increase in your heartbeat and blood pressure may break your heart; then you collapse or die.

Events cause different effects on individuals. The Washington School of Medicine listed the different factors that may cause different degrees of stress in people. An accumulation of 200 or more marks in a single year from any of the listed stressors “is liable to disrupt the health of the individual.”

It is well to remember that no two individuals react with the same intensity to any stress situation. A widow may suffer her grief throughout her widowed life, but another widow may remarry after a year or two of widowhood.

The list of stressors and accompanying marks includes;

  • Death of spouse or a close friend
  • Divorce
  • Marital separation
  • Death of a family member,
  • Personal illness
  • Marriage
  • Losing one’s job
  • Marital reconciliation
  • Retirement
  • Pregnancy
  • Sex difficulties
  • Change in financial state
  • Change in responsibilities at work, son or daughter leaving home
  • Trouble with boss
  • Minor violation of law

The endocrine glands such as pituitary and adrenal glands fight off stressors. The pituitary glands, otherwise known as the “master gland” are the conductor of the endocrine orchestra, because it produces 25 different hormones that directly affect a man’s physical as well as emotional, sexual and mental well-being.

When a man is faced with stress, the pituitary moves quickly in coordination with the adrenal glands to provide strength and power. Pituitary glands and adrenal glands work together to help a person face up to a fight or flight situation. The instant the body receives the stress alarm (through the five senses), the brain alerts the pituitary gland just beneath it, and through the pituitary to the adrenal glands just above each kidney, to secrete hormones to prepare the body for vigorous exertions.

Now when the fight or flight is over, or the sexual performance is consumed, the body stops producing its extra fuel. It cannot remain geared for action much longer, otherwise it would exhaust itself. The body cannot be in a state of mental or physical stress for long. It has to be relaxed at intervals, otherwise such prolonged stress may cause the onset of a serious disease.

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The pituitary now releases another hormone (adrenocorticotropic hormone) to act upon the adrenals to secrete their own hormones.

That is one reason why we have to maintain our immune system and protect our endocrine glands and other parts of the body against any infection or toxic viruses through right lifestyle, healthy foods and exercise. Doing so will allow you to eliminate the sexual, physical and emotional problems that are commonly determined by stress reactions.

How Stress Affects Sexual Health

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