How does high blood pressure medication affect sex?

Jan L. Shifren, MD
Reproductive Endocrinology
In theory, controlling high blood pressure should help preserve or even improve sexual function. In practice, it doesn't, at least not according to large studies. It's possible, though, that improvements in some people are offset by sexual side effects of drug therapy in others. Sexual side effects have been ascribed to virtually all classes of drugs used to control blood pressure. In most studies, it has been almost impossible to tell if the problem stemmed from drug therapy or high blood pressure itself. A few studies have suggested that different drug classes have different effects on sexual function, and one class -- angiotensin-receptor blockers -- may even improve it.

If you think a blood pressure drug is putting a kink in your sex life, talk to your healthcare provider. Many different drugs are used to treat blood pressure, and with your healthcare provider's help you may find a better alternative.

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