Is Inflation in the Economy Causing Deflation in the Bedroom?

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With inflation on the rise, we’re seeing higher prices at the gas pump and the grocery store. Now with Russia-related oil and gas supply issues, it feels like financial stressors are everywhere we turn!

You might already know that stress can make you feel burnout, run down and even depressed. But did you know that it can also mess up your sex life?

How Stress Affects Your Sex Life

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It really is true that financial worries can lead to deflated performance between the sheets. Here’s why.

#1. When we feel stressed, our bodies release a stress hormone named cortisol. Now, short-term elevations in cortisol carry a protective effect. But long-term exposure can lead to a downregulation of testosterone. Why is that an issue? Well, we need testosterone, the primary male sex hormone, to have sex, to want sex, and achieve orgasm. Without it, expect a dampened libido, and major performance issues.

#2. You may not realize this, but your biggest sex organ isn’t your penis – it’s your brain! When all you can think about is tanking stocks, rising prices, and the next mortgage repayment, sex is the last thing you’ll think about. Worse, the adrenaline and cortisol flooding your body will make it impossible for you to relax and enjoy a little intimate time.

#3. Long-term exposure to stress can lead to adrenal fatigue. That can cause ongoing anxiety, depression, fatigue, illness, and burnout. By the time evening rolls around, you’ll have no energy to think about sex, let alone enjoy it!

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#4. Stress is a leading cause of insomnia and poor sleep which – you’ve guessed it – is also a leading cause of sexual performance issues. When you can’t sleep properly, testosterone levels tank, creating a vicious cycle of ever-increasing stress, insomnia and sexual performance problems.

#5 Inflationary fears are particularly problematic to our stress levels. Why? Because  when we see that our finances are coming under fire, our deep-seated primal instincts for security and stability (in this case, financial stability) initiate a major stress response, releasing catecholamines (fight-or-flight chemical messengers).directly into our blood stream. The result? Powered down sex hormones, powered up stress hormones, and more angst than amour.

The Power of the Big O!

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Luckily, there is a happy ending (quite literally) to this story! Research shows that orgasms are one of the most natural, healthful ways to fight stress and restore waning testosterone levels!. So our medical advice is? Have more of them!

Orgasms produce oxytocin, dopamine, and a deep sedative effect that can lead to an awesome nights’ sleep. They’re even great for your heart! In fact, an orgasm a day can lower your risk of prostate cancer significantly.

If, sadly, you’re missing out on nature’s greatest gift because of stress, health issues – or any other reason, what can you do? Happily, there are a lot of options, including stress diagnostic tests, hormone analysis, bio-identical hormonal therapy, and lifestyle re-hauls. Our Men’s Clinic can provide further guidance on every approach. Why not contact us today to find out more?

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