Men of all ages may experience sexual dysfunction, though older men are more likely to experience it. Ejaculation disorders, erectile dysfunction, and inhibited sexual desire are the most common issues associated with sexual dysfunction. Treatment of the underlying causes will always resolve these concerns.
What is male sexual dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction is defined as any physical or psychological issue that inhibits you or your partner from experiencing sexual pleasure. Male sexual dysfunction is a common health issue that affects men of all ages, but it becomes more prevalent as they get older. Men with sexual dysfunction will also benefit from treatment.
The following are the most common forms of male sexual dysfunction:
- Erectile dysfunction (inability to obtain/maintain an erection).
- Ejaculation that occurs too soon (reaching orgasm too quickly).
- Ejaculation is slowed or stopped (reaching orgasm too slowly or not at all).
- Libido is a term used to describe a person’s sexual desire (reduced interest in sex).
What causes male sexual dysfunction?
The following physical factors may contribute to overall sexual dysfunction:
- Testosterone levels are low.
- Medications on prescription (antidepressants, high blood pressure medicine).
- Atherosclerosis (artery hardening) and high blood pressure are examples of blood vessel abnormalities.
- Stroke, diabetes-related nerve damage, or surgery-related nerve damage.
- Tobacco use.
- Addiction to alcohol and other drugs.
One or more of the following psychological factors might be at play:
- Concerns about sexual prowess
- Relationship or marital issues
- Feelings of remorse and depression.
- Past sexual trauma has left its mark.
- Workplace fear and stress.
What are the effects of sexual dysfunction on men?
Problems with ejaculation, obtaining and maintaining an erection, and diminished sexual desire are the most common symptoms of sexual dysfunction in men.
Ejaculation issues include:
- Ejaculation that happens before or too soon after penetration is known as premature ejaculation (PE).
- Inhibited or delayed ejaculation occurs when ejaculation does not occur or takes a long time to occur.
- Ejaculate is forced back into the bladder rather than passing through the end of the penis during orgasm.
It is unknown what causes premature ejaculation (PE). While performance anxiety during sex is a common cause of PE, there are other factors to consider:
- There’s lots of stress.
- Depression is only temporary.
- Sexual repression has a long history.
- Low self-assurance.
- Unresolved disagreement or a lack of communication with your partner.
According to studies, the breakdown of serotonin (a natural chemical that affects mood) may play a role in PE. Ejaculation can be affected by certain drugs, including some antidepressants, as well as nerve damage in the back or spinal cord.
Chronic (long-term) health issues, drug side effects, substance misuse, and surgeries are all examples of physical causes for inhibited or delayed ejaculation. Psychological factors such as depression, anxiety, stress, or relationship issues will also contribute to the problem.
Males with diabetes who have diabetic nerve damage are more likely to experience retrograde ejaculation. The ejaculate flows backward due to problems with the bladder’s nerves and the bladder neck. Retrograde ejaculation may occur in other men as a side effect of some drugs or as a result of a bladder neck or prostate operation.
Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition that affects men (ED)
The inability to obtain and maintain an erection for sexual intercourse is known as erectile dysfunction (ED). According to researchers, about half of all American men over the age of 40 suffer from ED. Some of the causes of ED are as follows:
- Hardening of the arteries, for example, is a disease that affects blood flow.
- Nerve problems.
- Relationship tensions, depression, and performance anxiety are also examples of stress.
- Penis injury is a type of penis injury that occurs when the penis is damaged
- Chronic diseases include diabetes and high blood pressure.
- Smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, overeating, and a lack of exercise are all unhealthy habits.
Libido is a term used to describe a person’s sexual desire (reduced sexual desire)
Your appetite or interest in sex has diminished if your libido is low. Low levels of the male hormone testosterone are frequently related to the disease. Sex drive, sperm production, muscle, hair, and bone are all maintained by testosterone. Low testosterone levels may have a negative impact on your body and mood.
Depression, fear, or relationship problems may all contribute to a decrease in sexual desire. Low libido can be caused by diabetes, high blood pressure, and some drugs such as antidepressants.
What are the signs and symptoms of male sexual dysfunction?
A physical examination may be used to start the diagnosis process. Physical examinations may include the following:
- Tests to determine testosterone levels, blood sugar levels (for diabetes), and cholesterol levels.
- Check your blood pressure.
- Examine your prostate with a rectal examination.
- Your genitals and testicles will be examined.
- Other tests will reveal whether you have blood flow issues in your penis.
In addition, your doctor may inquire about your symptoms as well as your medical and sexual histories. Do not be ashamed if these questions seem to be very personal. It’s critical to respond honestly so that the best treatment option can be suggested. You may be referred to a particular kind of doctor (for example, a urologist, endocrinologist, or sex therapist) who will assist you.
What are the options for treating male sexual dysfunction?
Many cases of sexual dysfunction can be resolved by addressing the underlying mental or physical issues. The following are some of the treatments:
Hormone therapy: Hormone replacement therapy, such as injections, patches, or gels, raises low testosterone levels.
Psychological therapy: A psychologist will help you deal with feelings of distress, depression, dread, or guilt that are affecting your sexual function.
Vacuum plugs and penile implants are examples of mechanical aids.
Is it possible to alleviate male sexual dysfunction?
While male sexual dysfunction is unavoidable, understanding and dealing with the causes will help you better understand and cope with the problem when it occurs. You should follow the same program that is recommended for maintaining cardiovascular health to help preserve good sexual function.
- If you have any medical or nutritional problems, stick to your doctor’s therapy plan.
- Consume alcohol in Limit.
- Stop smoking.
- Consume a heart-healthy diet (the Mediterranean diet is often recommended).
- Maintain normal cardio and weight-lifting routine.
- If you have any mental or psychological issues, such as trauma, depression, or fear, seek therapy.
- Improve and increase your communication with your partner.