Understanding the physical causes
Blood vessel damage from high blood pressure (HBP or hypertension) reduces blood flow throughout your body. Lower blood flow to the pelvis can affect the sex lives of both men and women.
In a man, the effects of high blood pressure on sexual function are more physically apparent than they are with women. Erectile dysfunction happens when there’s not enough blood flow to the penis to allow for an erection.
That can be a sign for a doctor to check for high blood pressure and other problems.
Loss of libido and interest
Women with high blood pressure may have lower libido and less interest in sex, especially if the condition is contributing to fatigue. If a woman’s blood flow to her vagina is reduced, it may also affect how her body responds both before and during intercourse.
Don’t let high blood pressure hurt your sex life
- Get the facts about high blood pressure
- Know your blood pressure numbers
- Make changes that matter to protect your sexual health
This content was last reviewed October 2016.