Although not discussed very often, it is important to raise awareness of the complications that eating disorders can have for the reproductive organs and sexual functions.
Females suffering with, or have had anorexia, are put at risk of infertility because of their restrictive intake practice.
Insufficient and inappropriate food intake affects the amount of fat required to produce oestrogen.
Insufficient oestrogen will eventually prevent monthly periods (amenorrhea) occurring. This will affect the woman's ability to conceive.
In the case of males, the restrictive eating practice means that the production of testosterone is affected and therefore the male sex drive is lowered.
The consequential low hormones means the loss of early morning erections as well as nocturnal emissions.
Penis size will also be affected, and in some cases, fail to develop. However, these consequences can be reversed once normal, healthy eating has been restored.