Male sexual dysfunction is any physical or psychological problem that stops men from enjoying a healthy and satisfying sexual life. It is common for sexual health to decline with age, but sexual dysfunction can affect men at any point in their life.
Here are common sex problems men face and the reasons why they happen. Fortunately, these problems can be corrected when we address the physical or psychological causes for it.
Common Causes Of Male Sexual Dysfunction
Certain habits, disorders or medications can affect men’s sexual health. Physical causes can be caused by (not limited to):
- Low testosterone levels
- Smoking, alcohol or drug abuse
- Nerve damage
- Blood vessel disorders
- Prescription drugs
Psychological causes are more connected to emotions, and there is no way of detecting it through physical exams. Men would check with a psychologist if their sexual dysfunction is linked to:
- Worrying about performing sexually
- Problems with the relationship
- Depression or anxiety
- Work-related stress
- Past sexual trauma
Types Of Male Sexual Dysfunction
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Affecting more than one half of the male population over the age of 40, Erectile disorder (ED) is one of the most common male sexual dysfunctions. While it has many variables, erectile dysfunction is strongly associated with age.
While premature ejaculation (ejaculation that occurs before penetration, or too soon) is the most widely known, there are different types of ejaculation disorders. Inhibited or delayed ejaculation occurs when a man is not able to ejaculate, or takes an uncomfortably long time to ejaculate. In premature and inhibited ejaculation, the causes can be physical, psychological, or both.
Retrograde ejaculation happens when ejaculate flows backwards into the bladder instead of out through the penis. This disorder is often associated with males who suffer from diabetic nerve damage.
Low libido is the term used for decreased interest in having sex. This is often connected to low levels of testosterone, the primary male hormone. Not only does low testosterone kill libido, but it also affects a man’s body and mood.
The causes of low libido can be psychological or external factors like problems in a relationship. It can also be attributed by physical ailments such as hypertension, diabetes, or as a side effect from medications.
Diagnosis And Treatment
Diagnosis begins with a physical exam and getting a record of medical and sexual history. Depending on the results, men will be sent to see a urologist, endocrinologist or sex therapist.
Then, sexual dysfunction can be corrected by treating any mental or physical problems the man may have. Common treatments include:
- Medications that increase blood flow to the penis
- Hormone therapy
- Psychological counseling
- Mechanical aids
How To Prevent It
There is no guarantee that it can be prevented, but extra measures to lessen the chances of it happening. By understanding the causes of male sexual dysfunction, men can make lifestyle changes that can improve and maintain a healthy sex life:
- Seek professional help for any emotional or psychological problems.
- Reduce alcohol consumption.
- Quit smoking.
- Stay up-to-date on check-ups and any medical treatment that is needed.
- Communicate with their partners.