Link between urinary tract symptoms and sexual dysfunction

Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and sexual dysfunction in men such as erectile dysfunction or impotence symptoms are linked. This infection affects mostly men who are 50 years or above in age. Sexually active men are at an increased risk of getting affected.

Urinary tract infection

Urinary tract infection is caused by bacteria from the bowel that lives on the skin near the rectum. It can enter the urinary tract through the urethra. The lower urinary tract infections (LUTI) have been said to affect older men in terms of sexual dysfunction, but it may not be the only cause. The cause of this infection includes uncontrolled growth of bacteria, having sex with multiple partners and poor hygiene. The major symptoms include swelling and inflammation of linings of the kidney in case of upper urinary tract infection (UTI) or pyelonephritis and inflammation and swelling in the bladder in case of lower urinary tract infection or cystitis.

Impotence is defined as the inability of a man to achieve or maintain an erection when stimulated sexually or during sexual activity. Impotence is known to have many physical and psychological causes such as hypertension, diabetes mellitus, high cholesterol, spinal or nerve damage, anxiety, depression and guilt. The UTI can independently affect and cause impotence in men, especially those in their old age apart from which it is also dependent on the severity of LUTI. Such a cause to impotence makes it important for men with sexual dysfunction to be checked for LUTI. Sexual issues should also be considered for men suffering from benign prostatic hypertrophy.

For men who are concerned about their sexual problems such as impotence, it is advisable that they contact their local doctor and get themselves tested for urinary tract symptoms. This way they can be sure of the cause of their problem.