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Lifestyle Changes Might Improve Sexual Health

Jun 10, 2018

Lifestyle Changes Might Improve Sexual HealthLifestyle changes, such as quitting smoking, getting more exercise, and eating healthier foods, are sometimes recommended to people with sexual problems. But how much of an effect do such changes have? Scientists considered this question in a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine study.

In particular, they looked at the ways six lifestyle factors — cigarette smoking, alcohol use, physical activity, diet, caffeine consumption, and cannabis use — affected three sexual health outcomes — female sexual dysfunction, erectile dysfunction (ED), and premature ejaculation.

Female sexual dysfunction includes a wide range of sexual issues, such as vaginal dryness, low interest or desire, and pain during intercourse. An estimated 41% of premenopausal women worldwide have some degree of sexual dysfunction.

The researchers reviewed 89 medical studies related to lifestyle and sexual problems. Overall, the studies included almost 350,000 people around the globe. On average, the participants were around 49 years old.

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