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What disorders may affect sexual health?

Any health problem could impact your sexual health because they are integrally connected - inseparable. Particularly, any physical health issues with your genital, reproductive, urinary, intestinal organs or systems are of concern. If you have Krohn's Disease or Ulcerative Colitis, the cramping, bloating and frequency of bowel movements are real stressors during intimacy which only makes the condition worse. Untreated sexual infections can cause infertility down the road. 

More general health conditions will also affect sexual health. Cardiac conditions reduce your ability to tolerate the exertion from sexual activity. Obesity makes it difficult to participate and psychologically may make you afraid to be intimate. Diabetes can damage nerve endings so that you cannot feel your partner's caresses during foreplay.

There are so many health conditions that can impact sexual health they cannot be listed here in a meaningful way. To summarize, any physical, psychological, social or spiritual issue that impacts your general health, causes you stress or worry or contradicts your culture or beliefs can impact your sexual health.

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