Statins and Sexual Performance

Statins are drugs that lower cholesterol. Men under 70 with heart disease live longer when they take the drugs. Their effects on sexual performance are less well understood. Lowering cholesterol improves blood vessel health, which is important for promoting strong erections. But, over 50 percent of statin users have trouble achieving orgasm. A Korean study found that statin therapy decreased the risk of erectile dysfunction by 25 percent. So, statins have positive and negative sexual effects. Statins are also linked to fatigue and muscle weakness, which is not good for sexual performance or for weight training. Statins are probably overprescribed for preventing heart disease in otherwise healthy people. (International Journal of Cardiology, 202: 883-888, 2016)

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