Women with high blood pressure are more likely than women with normal blood pressure to experience a barrage of health problems, such as an increased risk of heart disease, diabetes and, according to new findings, sexual dysfunction. High blood pressure has been known to cause sexual dysfunction in men, but until recently, little research was done on the effects of high blood pressure on sexual function in women.

In a recent study, researchers examined the sexual function of 224 postmenopausal women in heterosexual relationships, some of whom had high blood pressure and some had normal blood pressure. The participants completed self-administered questionnaires and telephone interviews. Researchers found that the women with high blood pressure were more likely to experience sexual dysfunction than those with normal blood pressure. The participants with high blood pressure reported less frequent orgasms, more frequent pain with intercourse and decreased vaginal lubrication. While high blood pressure may not be the cause of sexual dysfunction, researchers urge women to seek medical attention to determine if any health conditions exist that may cause sexual dysfunction (WebMD).