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Symptoms like excessive weight gain or weight loss, fatigue, hair thinning, trouble sleeping, irritability and depression are common to be associated with thyroid disease. But have you ever thought or know that thyroid disorder can also affect your sex life? It might sound surprising to some of you but it is true. In this blog, we’re going to tell you how imbalanced thyroid function can affect your performance, mood, relationship, and self-esteem.
The thyroid gland, an endocrine gland situated in the base of your neck releases hormones essential for regulating major and multiple functions in the body. It regulates your metabolic rate, heart and digestive function, muscle control, brain development, mood and bone maintenance. When this regulator doesn’t work properly, it causes disorders like hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism that gives rise to various symptoms in the body.
Both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism conditions can affect sexual health. The good news is that regulating thyroid function will also treat sexual issues. Below mentioned are a few common ways in which the state of your thyroid health affects sexual functioning:
Fatigue – Thyroid disorder, especially hypothyroidism have a noticeable impact on your energy levels. It tends to make you feel fatigued, tired and depressed that automatically decreases your sex drive.
Mood changes – Patients suffering from hyperthyroidism condition tend to experience anxiety, problems sleeping, mood swings, restlessness, and irritability. This affects the psychological health of you and your partner, which eventually creates a rift in the relationship and restricts you from enjoying good sex life.
Weight gain – For thyroid patients, it is common to experience sudden weight changes. With hypothyroidism, patients experience weight gain. Even if you want to lose weight, it becomes difficult to do so, which often develops negative body image and decreases one’s libido and sexual activity.
Vaginal dryness – Hypothyroidism condition may elevate the levels of prolactin hormone. Increased levels of this hormone can result in vaginal dryness. If the vagina is too dry, it can make sex a painful and dissatisfying experience for both partners.
Ejaculation problems - Hypothyroidism condition may increase the chances of delayed ejaculation, while hyperthyroidism may increase the chances of premature ejaculation. This is because thyroid disorders are known to interfere with the hormones that regulate the production of testosterone in men.
Low sex drive – If your levels of thyroid hormones are imbalanced, many of your body processes can slow down including your sex drive. Factors like fatigue, mood swings, weak metabolism, sleep issue, all contribute to sexual dysfunction both in men and women.
Erectile dysfunction – Thyroid problems can create a hormonal imbalance, causing men to have trouble getting or keeping an erection, according to the SMSNA. Too much thyroid hormone can also cause lower levels of testosterone, which can lead to several complications.
Like thyroid, other disorders such as diabetes, hypertension, obesity have a significant impact on one’s sexual health and performance. However, if you treat the problem from its root cause, it becomes easier to get a long-term solution. There may be other reasons for your sexual dysfunction that you can rule out only with the help of a doctor. In Ayurveda, for treating all the illnesses, doctors get to the root of the disorder that helps in providing an effective solution for it. Therefore, if you or your loved one is experiencing any of the above-mentioned problems, don’t hesitate from consulting Jiva Ayurveda doctors. They will provide you with a root-cause based, personalised natural treatment for thyroid.
Apart from suggesting customized thyroid remedies, Jiva doctors will help you incorporate healthy lifestyle changes into your routine. On the doctor’s recommendation, you’ll be provided with a personalised diet and lifestyle regimen that will help in weight loss, sleep issues, energy levels, mood, and improve overall health and also one’s self-esteem that can better the sex drive.
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