Bust stress for a better sex life

Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. But if your libido hasn’t gotten the memo, then today’s conversation is for you.


There’s no question that desire is one of the cornerstones of a healthy sex life. And like it or not, sometimes life gets in the way. Maybe you have a high-pressure job. Maybe you’re losing sleep over health challenges. Or maybe there are family or financial concerns in play.


You may not think these factors would have a direct impact on sexual vitality and performance. But the physical consequences are very real. So let’s talk a little bit about how chronic stress affects erectile function… and then we’ll tell you one surprisingly simple way to get back in the mood for love.   


How relentless stress robs your sex drive


Chronic stress—whether it’s psychological or physical—causes chronic elevation of fight-or-flight hormones, like cortisol, in your body.


This is a problem for your heart—which, as we explained last week, is a problem for your erections. But it can also block the release of other hormones—namely, gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) and luteinizing hormone (LH).


This, in turn, has a direct impact on testosterone production. And needless to say, that spells trouble for sexual function.  


Testosterone impacts erectile function through several pathways. It supports the health of endothelial cells lining the blood vessels, which are responsible for nitric oxide production. Testosterone also enhances nerve sensitivity and functionality, while supporting libido and psychological well-being.


At the end of the day, ample testosterone is necessary in order to maintain firm erections. And chronic stress is one of the most common reasons that your levels may take a dip.


Supplement for support against stress


Now, for some good news. While there’s no magic bullet for reducing daily stress, there is one simple way you can help to steel your body against it: Start taking ashwagandha.


This traditional Ayurvedic herb, also known as Withania somnifera, has what we call “adaptogenic” properties. In simple terms, research shows that ashwagandha can help to balance cortisol release in your body’s stress centers, while fighting oxidative stress, reducing inflammation, and acting on key neurotransmitters to promote relaxation.


All of these actions provide crucial support for erectile function, too, helping to restore hormone health while boosting libido and vitality.


That’s why we’ve included ashwagandha in our male sexual health formula, XYVGGR—designed by Dr. Geo to enhance sexual arousal, performance, and satisfaction safely, naturally, and effectively.   


Until next time,


The XY Wellness team