A new study indicates that high cholesterol is not only bad for heart, but it can also affect a woman's sex life. It could also make it harder for women to become sexually aroused.
Raised levels of cholesterol and other fats in the blood, is associated with erectile dysfunction in men, because the build-up of fats in blood vessel walls can reduce blood flow to erectile tissue. Since some aspects of female sexual arousal also rely on increased blood flow to the genitals, Katherine Esposito and her colleagues at the Second University of Naples in Italy compared sexual function in premenopausal women with and without high cholesterol - hyperlipidemia.
Women with hyperlipidemia reported significantly lower arousal, orgasm, lubrication and sexual satisfaction scores than women with normal blood lipid profiles.
32% of the women with abnormal profiles scored low enough on a scale of female sexual function to be diagnosed with FSD, compared with 9 per cent of women with normal levels .
Women's sexual desire was not affected by hyperlipidemia.
In a separate paper, Annamaria Veronelli at the University of Milan, Italy, and her colleagues found that female sexual dysfunction was also associated with diabetes, obesity and an underactive thyroid gland
Geoffrey Hackett, a urologist at the Holly Cottage Clinic in Fisherwick, UK says, "These two papers suggest that there are strong connections between women's sexual arousal and organic diseases in the same way that men's sexual problems arise. This is currently not even considered in women."
There are strong connections between loss of women's sexual arousal and disease
Hackett therefore suggests that a loss of sexual arousal in women might be an indicator of other underlying conditions.
Journal of Sexual Medicine DOI: 0.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01242.x.
Journal of Sexual Medicine, DOI: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2009.01284.x