New research is beginning to show links between digestive issues and sexual health. When you think about your anatomy, your digestive tract and your reproductive organs are next-door neighbors! Those microbiomes living in your digestive tract are actually found in your genital area as well. The bacteria in your gut are responsible for ensuring proper digestion, neutralizing harmful compounds, synthesizing nutrients that the body cannot create on its own, and maintaining the integrity of the gut lining. Why? So all of those helpful nutrients can get in but the toxins cannot. These are some of the same types of bacteria that are located in areas like the vagina. One particular bacteria species, Lactobacillus, produces an acid that is responsible for repelling any problematic bacteria. This can protect you from all types of infections and helps protect from sexually transmitted diseases. All of this really means that it is essential that there is a balance maintained because it is crucial to a satisfying and healthy sex life.
One common problem that can affect a woman’s sexual health is bacterial vaginosis. This is a disease of the vagina that is caused by the excessive growth of bacteria that are naturally occurring in the vagina. When you have bacterial vaginosis, you actually double your chances of becoming infected by other sexually transmitted infections such as HIV/AIDS. When pregnant, this can also increase the risk of premature delivery in women. Some research has shown that there is an association between bacterial vaginosis and complications such as pelvic inflammatory disease and tubular factor infertility. There is also the risk of a lower implantation rate and higher rates of early pregnancy loss. A woman with this condition will often suffer from a lack of interest in sexual intercourse. It can also cause sex to be very painful.
Alright guys, now your turn. Another problem is prostatitis, which is the inflammation of the prostate. Again, emerging research on this issue suggests that there is a link between gut problems and prostatitis that will directly affect the sexual health of men. Prostatitis could cause painful ejaculation. It can be caused by an overgrowth of bacteria in the gut that causes a chain reaction of overgrowth in the genital areas.
You will find that a common natural remedy that is recommended for prostatitis are probiotics. Probiotics are also very helpful if you have bacterial prostatitis especially if you have taken antibiotics.
The links between sexual health and gut dysbiosis are such that they can not be ignored. As always, if you have further questions, give us a call to schedule a consultation today.