What to do about sexual side effects of your high blood pressure medication

The universe can play cruel jokes.

Last month, your man had trouble getting it up. To you it wasn’t that big of a deal —just inconvenient. To him, a lot more was at stake than just one romp in the hay.

A trip to his doctor identified that he had high blood pressure and that this was a likely cause of his erectile dysfunction. The doctor prescribed some BP medication to help him out.

And it did—for the most part. Sexual arousal and performance returned to near normal and everything seemed to be back on track.

But just a couple of days ago, the erectile dysfunction started reappearing—it was as though the medication wasn’t working anymore or maybe he needed a higher dose.

But would you ever suspect that it was the blood pressure drug itself itself that caused the negative effect on his sexual performance? It seems contradictory, but this is actually the case for certain types of high blood pressure (aka hypertension) medications. (I did preface this article by saying the universe can play cruel jokes).

 70% of men with side effects from blood pressure medicine stop taking it

Having your sex life shut down as a side effect of BP medication certainly makes it rough to stay on them, especially if high blood pressure never caused any symptoms before. It’s not at all surprising that 70% of men who have side effects from high blood pressure medicine, like impotence, stop taking it.

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Nowadays there are a lot of blood pressure medications available. It’s not surprising that you might find it hard to navigate the many lists of drugs that are available over the counter and by prescription.

Every man is different too—certain medications have particular side effects for some men while those same medications might have the complete opposite effects for others.

Don’t get stuck in a vicious cycle

You don’t want to be stuck in a vicious cycle either—taking high blood pressure medication in order to improve your sex life, but then finding that the medication doesn’t help at all or even just makes it worse!

So get informed! If you are not already regularly tracking your blood pressure trends using an app (like Hello Heart, iOS, Android), you need to start. This isn’t rocket science. Recording and understanding what the numbers mean keeps gives you a huge leg up on the problem.

In Part II of this blog, we give you some tips to help you be more aware about what you or your partner are consuming so that you’re equipped with knowledge you need when consulting with physicians  on a treatment strategy that works best for you in and out of the bedroom.

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