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What impact can my sexual life have on my high BP?

The issue of high blood pressure (BP) and its associated complications is not news to the general public but it is also a key concern that cannot be ignored due to the devastating damages it is causing to individuals and their families. High BP, also known as hypertension, is a medical condition that can have several causes, including lifestyle factors, genetics, and underlying health conditions. Your sexual life can have an impact on your high BP and vice versa, but the extent of this impact can vary depending on several factors.

In general, sexual activity can cause a temporary increase in BP due to the physical exertion involved. This increase is usually brief and not a cause for concern in healthy individuals. However, if you have pre-existing high BP, this temporary increase in BP may be more significant and can potentially cause complications. Sex is an important aspect of life in both men and women and anything that affects the full ability to enjoy and participate in it is not taken lightly in the lives of many. According to WHO, a blood pressure reading between 120/80 mmHg to 90/60 mmHg is assumed to be optimum and healthy for normal function of body organs. A reading above 140/90 mmHg is risky. When blood pressure consistently measures above 140/90 mmHg, it means that the heart is working harder than it should to pump blood throughout the body, which can lead to a variety of health problems over time, such as an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, kidney disease, and organ damage.

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Dr Nelson Ahadome
Public Health Director, IHS

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