Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Surprise boner killers and leg closers

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The emerging culture of men popping erectile dysfunction pills like candy is just one more example of how reliant our culture has become on quick technologic or chemical fixes. Luckily women and men who are hesitant about taking expensive pills in preparation for sex may be able to fix their low sex drives simply by examining their daily habits. For those who want to guard or revamp their libidos without drugs, dailymail.co.uk released a list of unexpected boner killers and leg closers.

-Cold and Flu Cures: Over-the-counter cold and flu remedies that contain diphenhydramine sap your sex drive and can cause ED.

-Lack of Iron: Low iron levels are suspected of lowering blood flow quality. This can make you too tired for sex or impair your ability to get an erection.

-Blood Pressure Medication: These drugs reduce your heart rate and blood flow. This can leave you lethargic as well as hamper your ability to become physically aroused. The most notorious sex drive killing medications are diuretics and beta-blockers such as propranolol and atenolol.

-A Diet High in Sugar, Fat, or Refined Carbohydrates: An excess of any of these nutrients can lead to an energy slump. Too much sugar can cause an energy crash and refined carbohydrates release sugars faster than whole grains. Too much fat increases your levels of oestrogen, which reduces your testosterone (the sex hormone). Being obese also impairs blood flow, which stifles physical arousal. Of course this seems to challenge the research claiming that obese women have more sex and obese teen girls have riskier sex.

-Beer Belly: A large gut reduces the amount of the protein SHBG, which testosterone attaches to as a vehicle that transports it around the body.

-Baldness Medications: Male pattern baldness is caused by an excess of testosterone. Medication that slows balding, also reduces your testosterone levels.

-Tonic: The flavoring agent in tonic water, quinine, is a ‘testicular toxicant’ that reduces testosterone levels.

-Rapid Weight Lose: When you drop weight too quickly, your body thinks you are starving and goes into survival mode, hoarding nutrients for more essential body functions. Not to mention that food is energy. If you are eating far fewer calories than you expend a day, you will have less energy for things like sex.

-Painkillers: Opiate-based painkillers like codeine and morphine can disrupt your hypothalamus, which helps regulate your hormone levels.

-Diabetes: Sex is all about getting blood to flow to the right places for men and women. Diabetes often causes a narrowing of the arteries, which hampers blood flow. For this reason half of all men with diabetes will suffer from ED. Diabetes can also cause nerve damage, leading to decreased sensitivity.

-Large Meals: Anyone who has ever eaten a large romantic dinner knows that you're just as likely to take a nap with your lover afterward as you are to have sex. Your body concentrates its efforts on digesting food, which can leave you sleepy and not as concerned about sex.

-Oral Birth Control: Many women share the joke that their birth control works by making them fat and uninterested in sex. These medications disrupt a woman’s normal hormone levels by tricking her body into thinking she's already pregnant. The body of a pregnant woman doesn't want to waste energy on fueling her sex drive. Along with interrupting a number of other processes, oral contraceptives also reduce a woman’s testosterone levels.

-Age: Your testosterone levels drop as you age. While ED drugs facilitate erections by boosting blood flow, they do nothing to enhance your testosterone levels or your sex drive.

-Baby Making: The pressure of trying to conceive can make you want to have sex about as much as you want to do your daily workout.

-Antidepressants: Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors — including Prozac (fluoxetine), Seroxat (paroxetine) and sertraline — cause a loss of libido and delayed orgasm in most users. Prozac is even recommended to some who suffer from severe premature ejaculation.

Read about more libido killers and find out more information on the above factors at dailymail.co.uk

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