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, 2023
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…

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Edy Zoo

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