Stress has several physical and emotional disorders linked to it including anxiety, strokes, heart attacks, immune system disturbances, depression, hypertension increasing susceptibility to infections. Stress can be caused by the day to day pressures of responsibilities, negative life events, physical illness, war and violent attacks among others. Here are some overall health effects of stress.
Stress can be exhausting for the mind and to the body and it is very normal for a person to lose desire for sex when under stress. Men however tend to produce more testosterone when stressed which might increase a short term sexual arousal.
Women under stress can affect their menstrual cycle and might have heavier, painful, irregular or no periods.
If a man continues to be stressed for a long time his sperm production can be interfered with causing impotence or erectile dis-function (check impotence definition).
When stressed you tend to breath faster in an effort to evenly distribute oxygen to your body core and also quickly distribute blood to your body. Stress can make it harder for you to breath if you have respiratory problems like emphysema or asthma.
Your heart will also pump blood faster. Stress hormones can make blood vessels constrict raising your blood pressure. All this will help get oxygen to your heart and brain so you will have energy and strength to take action.
Under stress your muscles tense up. Their contractions for an extended period can trigger tension, migraines and headaches among conditions.