What is Sexual dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction is a serious, common health and quality-of-life issue that affects both men and women. It can take many forms, including low libido, difficulty achieving or maintaining an erection, and difficulty achieving orgasm. Sexual dysfunction can have a significant impact on a person’s quality of life, self-esteem, and relationships. Sleep apnea is one factor that may contribute to sexual dysfunction, as it can disrupt the body’s natural production of sex hormones and cause fatigue and decreased energy levels, which can make it difficult to engage in sexual activity.
Sexual dysfunction and Sleep Apnea
Men with sleep apnea are twice as likely to have erectile dysfunction (ED) as those without. Sleep apnea treatments can improve the effects of erectile dysfunction.
Sleep apnea can also have a negative impact on a woman’s intimate life. Women with untreated sleep apnea are at very high risk for sexual dysfunction, such as reduced desire and arousal or even pain during intercourse.