Sexual diseases, such as Chlamydia, can cause erectile dysfunction because a virus infects the prostate gland and affects blood flow to the penis.
Erectile dysfunction (ED), also known as impotence, is a fairly common sexual problem in many couples. Risk factors for developing ED include older age, certain medications, smoking, or psychological or emotional problems. In addition, certain illnesses such as sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) ), commonly sexually transmitted infections (STIs), can also cause erectile dysfunction.
Sexual diseases, notably Chlamydia, are a cause for concern. One of the many complications associated with Chlamydia is ED. Chlamydia bacteria can attack the prostate gland, causing infection and swelling, restricting blood flow to the penis, gradually causing impotence in men. In addition, any chronic inflammation or infection can lower testosterone, the hormone that plays an important role in maintaining erectile function.
In addition to prostatitis, STIs in general and Chlamydia in particular, if left untreated, can cause male genital infections (MAGIs) such as urethritis, epididymitis, orchitis.. In women there is an increased risk of HIV infection, permanent infertility or another painful condition called pelvic inflammatory disease.
According to a report by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Chlamydia can be sexually transmitted even if a man does not ejaculate during “intimacy”. Some symptoms of Chlamydia in men include: abnormal discharge from the penis, burning sensation when urinating, pain or swelling in one or both testicles, discharge and rectal bleeding…
Testing for Chlamydia can be through a urine sample or a swab placed inside the urethra. Chlamydia needs to be treated immediately, so men should inform their sexual partners so they can understand the risk of infection and get tested. Chlamydia is usually treated with antibiotics and needs to be taken in full doses. A full course of antibiotics can cure the Chlamydia infection and reduce the risk of the prostate becoming inflamed, thereby reducing erectile dysfunction.
In addition to Chlamydia, a number of other sexually transmitted diseases also increase the risk of prostatitis and lead to erectile dysfunction, such as:
HIV: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is transmitted through blood and sexual contact. HIV weakens the body’s immune system, which means that people with HIV are more susceptible to other diseases including prostatitis.
Gonorrhea: This is a sexually transmitted disease caused by the bacteria Neisseria gonorrhoeae. The disease is usually treated with antibiotics. If left untreated, gonorrhea can damage and cause blockage in the epididymis leading to epididymitis. This bacterial infection has also been linked to ED..
Hepatitis C: Viral hepatitis also known as hepatitis C (sexually transmitted) has been linked to prostate cancer. Almost all men treated for prostate cancer develop erectile dysfunction afterward.
Some sexually transmitted diseases are treatable. Regular screening, screening, and safer sex will help reduce the risk of getting and spreading sexually transmitted diseases.
Bao Bao (Follow Very Well Health, Medical News Today)