The most common problems men are faced with are sexual dysfunction. However, a lot of men are battling with ejaculation, getting and keeping an erection and reduced sexual desire.
Sexual dysfunction in males
Sexual dysfunction can affect men of all ages, but is especially common in older men. The most common problems related to sexual dysfunction include ejaculation disorders, erectile dysfunction and inhibited sexual desire. These issues can often be corrected by treating the underlying causes. However, erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and keep an erection for the duration of sexual intercourse.
Premature ejaculation (PE)
Premature ejaculation occurs before or too soon after penetration. Inhibited or delayed ejaculation does not happen or takes a very long time. However, the exact cause of premature ejaculation (PE) is not known. While in many cases PE is due to performance anxiety during sex, other factors may be stress, temporary depression, history of sexual repression, low self-confidence and lack of communication or unresolved conflict with partner. Physical (as opposed to traditional) factors may also play a role.
Low libido (reduced sexual desire)
Low libido means your desire or interest in sex has decreased. The condition is often linked with low levels of the male hormone testosterone. Testosterone maintains sex drive, sperm production, muscle, hair and bone. Low testosterone can affect your body and mood. Reduced sexual desire may also be caused by depression, anxiety or relationship difficulties. Diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain medications like antidepressants may also contribute to a low libido.
How is male sexual dysfunction diagnosed?
Your doctor may begin the diagnosis process with a physical exam. Physical tests may include blood tests to check your testosterone levels, blood sugar for diabetes and cholesterol. The doctor may also conduct a rectal exam to check for prostate cancer and examination of your penis and testicles. However, your doctor may also ask questions about your symptoms and your medical and sexual history. Though these questions may seem very personal, do not be embarrassed. It is important to answer honestly so the best treatment can be recommended.
Ways to prevent male sexual problems
- Follow your doctor’s treatment plan for any of your medical/health conditions.
- Limit your alcohol intake.
- Quit smoking.
- Eat healthy diet.
- Get regular aerobic and weight building exercise.
- Get treatment if needed for any emotional or psychological problems such as stress, depression and anxiety.
- Communicate better and more often with your partner.
No matter how long a man has been experiencing a problem, it can be treated successfully. Therefore the purpose of this article is to provide a better understanding of male sexual dysfunction, why it occurs and what treatment options are now available.
Mens Clinic International deals with any sexual problems that are related to Weak Erections, Early Ejaculation, Low Libido, STIs or Circumcision. Do get in touch with us to book a consultation with our professional doctors who specialise in Men’s Sexual Health.
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