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Link between men's libido and heart health

14 December 2016

Spire Parkway Consultant Urologist Mr Vivek Wadhwa talks to the Daily Express about the difficult subject of men’s libido, and how a loss of it can have an adverse effect on their heart health.

Libido linked to heart disease: What a morning erection says about YOUR health

Penis problems can be all-consuming for men, thankfully a consultant urologist has explained that erections in the morning are a common occurrence. However, a lack of erection in the morning – therefore a loss of libido – can be a worrying signal about heart health.

Express.co.uk spoke exclusively with Mr Vivek Wadhwa, consultant urologist at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull.

Urologists focus on surgical and medical diseases of the male and female urinary tract system - and the male reproductive organs, more specifically.

Mr Wadhwa revealed it's a positive thing if men have erections during the night and in the morning.

Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, he said: “If a man does not get these it’s more indicative that they may have something wrong with them.

"When I assess men for libido I often ask them, do you easily get morning erections?”

Some men believe they have erections in their sleep to stop them from going to the toilet at night, but this is completely unfounded.

He said: “If I have a few beers at night I will need to get up, that’s completely different. Men need to the toilet more in the night as they get old because the prostate gets bigger and starts causing problems.”

Frequent night time erections and morning erections will occur most when men have their peak testosterone levels in the early teens to the mid 20s.

Mr Wadhwa said: “With age it will get less and less frequent.”

So, while having frequent morning erections is a sign of good penile health - not having them can be a sign of something much more serious.

Mr Wadhwa explained: “If a man is having situational erectile dysfunction (ED) he is able to pleasure himself, he is able to have spontaneous erections during the night and when he wakes up in the morning.

“If they aren’t getting those erections, it’s likely to be something to worry about.”

Erectile dysfunction could be an early sign of heart disease. This is because the arteries to the penis are much smaller than those to the heart and blockages will cause inability to get an erection.

Mr Wadhwa said: “ED is a great way to pick up cardiac diseases - I will refer men suffering with it a heart specialist. I always tell men it’s a great opportunity to smoking, lose weight and do daily exercise.”

The expert stressed that, although viagra has come out of patent and is therefore much cheaper to buy, patients should be wary of purchasing dodgy pills online.

“Viagra is not a magic pill, you still need sexual stimulation and do avoid a fatty meal because that can reduce the benefit of it.

"Getting an erection is a very important part of everyday life for a man. You can’t underestimate it."

The study, which was carried by researchers from the University of California and the University of New Mexico, revealed women’s ideal penis is larger than the global average.

Source: published in the Daily Express 13 December 2016