From the Gut to the Groin: The Surprising Link Between The Stomach and Sex Drive

The unfortunate connection between gut health and libido

Edy Zoo
4 min readFeb 21


There’s a man holding on his stomach because it hurts.
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The stomach, my friends, is a wondrous thing. It takes everything we eat and drink and turns it into fuel for our bodies. It’s like a little factory that operates 24/7, constantly breaking down and processing everything we consume.

But, as with any factory, things can go wrong. And when they do, it can have some… interesting consequences.

Let’s talk about gastritis, for example. This is a condition where the stomach lining becomes inflamed, usually due to bacterial infection. It can cause uncomfortable symptoms like bloating, nausea, and stomach pain.

Now, you might be thinking, “Sure, gastritis is a pain in the butt (or rather, the stomach), but what does it have to do with sex?”

Well, my dear reader, the answer is: quite a lot.

You see, when you’re dealing with stomach issues, the last thing on your mind is getting frisky. Instead, you’re more likely to be curled up in the fetal position, clutching your stomach and groaning in agony.

And even if you do manage to summon the energy for some sexy time, chances are you won’t feel your best. The bloating, gas, and discomfort can be major mood killers. In fact, some might say that gastritis is the ultimate cock-blocker.

But it’s not just gastritis that can mess with your sex life. There are all sorts of other stomach ailments that can have similar effects.

Take irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), for example. This chronic condition affects the large intestine and can cause a range of unpleasant symptoms like abdominal pain, bloating, and diarrhea or constipation.

Now, I don’t know about you, but when I’m dealing with explosive diarrhea, the last thing I want to do is get down and dirty. It’s hard to feel sexy when you’re sprinting to the bathroom every five minutes.

And even if you’re not dealing with diarrhea, the bloating and discomfort can make it hard to feel confident and comfortable in your skin. It’s kind of hard to get in the mood when you feel like a giant, gassy balloon.



Edy Zoo

Edy Zoo is an author who writes about social subjects. He contributes to the ever-growing library of social critics.