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Preventing Sexual Dysfunction in Men and Women

Some types of sexual dysfunction cannot be prevented. However, you may be able to reduce your risk of certain types of dysfunction by working to prevent diseases that can lead to dysfunction. Adopting certain healthy habits may reduce your risk. For example:

  • Stop smoking or don't start
  • Get regular exercise, including aerobic exercise
  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Eat a well-balanced diet
  • Limit alcohol intake to a maximum of two drinks per day
  • Don't use illegal drugs
  • If you have chronic diseases, like heart disease or diabetes, take steps to control your condition and improve your overall health

If you are taking medications that can cause sexual dysfunction , ask your doctor whether you can switch to another drug that doesn't have a side effect of sexual dysfunction. (Don't ever stop taking prescribed medication without your doctor's approval.)

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