Do Sunscreen Chemicals Hurt Your Sex Life?

Know that we know sunscreen chemicals go straight into your bloodsteam, the impacts on hormones and the reproductive system need immediate study.

Wired.com – By now, you’ve probably been taught to gird your sun-starved skin for battle with cancer-causing cosmic rays every time you go outside.

Choose a spray, choose a lotion, but by heavens, choose something! Legions of doctors, parents, and YouTube beauty influencers are unanimous on this point.

But with sunscreen application evolving from a week or two at the beach every year to a constant daily slather, US health regulators want to know more about how all those photoprotective chemicals interact with people’s skin.

If they sink into tissues and get absorbed into the bloodstream, that could be a problem.

UV-blocking chemicals do seep into your bloodstream

Then, like other over-the-counter drugs the Food and Drug Administration oversees, sunscreens should be studied to make sure they don’t mess up people’s hormones, affect their reproductive systems, or cause cancer.

Such safety testing has never been done on the active ingredients in sunscreen, because those chemicals were approved decades ago, before anyone suspected they could be absorbed into the body. Now we know it’s more than just a suspicion.

Today, researchers at the FDA revealed the results of a small clinical trial designed to test how four of the most common sun-filtering molecules on the market behave after they’ve been sprayed on and rubbed in. FDA Won’t Okay Sunscreens Sold in Europe

The results, published in the journal JAMA, show that contrary to what sunscreen manufacturers have been saying, UV-blocking chemicals do seep into circulation.

Now, don’t panic and toss your tubes. There’s no evidence yet that they’re doing anything harmful inside the body. But the revelation will have serious impacts on sunscreen manufacturers going forward, and may change what options you’ll find on drugstore shelves before the year is out.

“Everyone had always thought that because these are intended to work on the surface of the skin that they wouldn’t be absorbed, but they are,” says Theresa Michele, director of the FDA’s division of nonprescription drug products, and coauthor on the FDA-funded study. … Read more. 

Common Health Mistakes That Can Hurt Your Sex Drive & What To Do About Them

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Medications

Certain medications, such as beta blockers, birth control, antidepressants, and blood pressure prescriptions, can reduce sexual desire. While it might be hard to quit using these medications, it’s important to note that the pills might contribute to your sex drive, and you will need to put in an extra effort to bring your libido up.

Too Much Alcohol

While having a drink or two might increase our libidos, making us more physically attracted to people and friskier, too much alcohol can impair our sexual tendencies. Be mindful of how many glasses you consume, and alternate each drink with a tall glass of water to prevent you from becoming too intoxicated to follow through on the deed.

Chronic Fatigue

Not getting enough sleep can make us too fatigued to feel sexually interested in others. If you find yourself too tired to find the urge to make time for sex, try and go to bed earlier in order to attain seven or eight hours a sleep a night. Within time, the additional sleep should help your hormones adjust back to normal and will increase your sex drive. Plus if you are snoring or have sleep apnea, female testosterone will decrease, thus hindering libido.

Dehydration

If you are not drinking enough water, you might have a lower libido. Experts suggest that lack of fluids can reduce sexual interest, and so it’s important to keep yourself hydrated during the day and to stick with whole foods that are filled with herbs and spices, as opposed to added salts … Read more. 

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