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Sexual Difficulties in Men

Few men are lucky enough to never experience any problems with their sexual function. Despite being the best-known sexual issue in men, erectile dysfunction is hardly the only one. Poor lifestyle choices, heredity, stress at home and at work, other medical conditions – all of this often contributes to sexual health disorders.

Sexual health is an essential part of general health and well-being, so it is important to address any sexual issues that might bother you in a timely manner. Remember that most sexual disorders are treatable, so you can forget about your condition or at least relieve some of its symptoms if you choose to discuss the problem with your healthcare provider. Don’t neglect your sexual health, and you will be rewarded with a great performance from your body. If you find yourself experiencing something that is similar to the conditions described below, do not hesitate to report your condition to your medical practitioner, who will help you address your problem and feel better.

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The Most Common Sexual Disorders in Male Patients

Your sexual problems most likely stem from one of the following sexual disorders:

  • Ejaculation disorders. These disorders can be further divided into different types, the most common being premature ejaculation, inhibited/retarded ejaculation, and retrograde ejaculation. Premature ejaculation refers to a condition in which a man ejaculates in a very short period of time after penetration. It is often caused by fear of underperforming during sexual intercourse. Ejaculation is considered inhibited or retarded when it occurs too slowly. It can be caused by lack of sexual attraction towards a partner, previous bad experiences or traumas, as well some other psychological factors. A good example of the latter is a religious upbringing, which makes one believe that engaging in sexual activities amounts to sinning. Physiological factors, such as nerve damage or intake of certain medications, are also known to be behind inhibited ejaculation. Retrograde ejaculation generally occurs in male patients who suffer from diabetic neuropathy (a type of nerve damage), which forces a man to ejaculate back into the bladder instead of doing it through the penis. This condition is also reported by men who undergo abdominal surgical operations, particularly prostate surgery. Retrograde ejaculation is commonly left untreated unless it prevents the patient from fathering a child.
  • Erectile dysfunction. This term is used to refer to a medical condition in which a man is unable to develop an erection that is firm enough to have a satisfactory sexual intercourse. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by various factors, which can be divided into two groups: physiological and psychological. The physiological factors include the following medical conditions: cardiovascular disorders, impaired blood flow, diabetes, hypotension, obesity, nerve damage, etc. The psychological factors can vary substantially in different men, ranging from relationship issues to previous traumatic experiences. The thoughts and emotions caused by these factors prevent men from performing to the most of their ability even if they are physically healthy. Erectile dysfunction can result in an unsatisfactory sexual life for both partners, feelings of embarrassment or anxiety, lower self-esteem, and stress. It can also make a man incapable of getting his wife or partner pregnant. Erectile dysfunction can be treated in a variety of ways, such as treating the underlying issue, taking oral pills, undergoing penile surgery, or using penis pumps.
  • Inhibited Sexual Desire. This condition is also known as libido loss, and its main symptom is a sudden lack of interest towards sex, which lasts for at least several months. It often remains ignored by both partners, which leads to more serious consequences for the relationship than most other sexual disorders. For men, libido loss is generally associated with a serious blow to their masculinity, so they tend to take it harder than women. Sexual desire can be affected by many factors: stress, performance anxiety, erectile dysfunction, and other medical conditions. Sometimes, psychological issues also cause men to lose interest in sexual activities with their partners. Some men have the wrong kind of attitude towards their wives (especially after they have given birth to their children), which makes sexual fantasies about their wives seem inappropriate and even immoral. Another example of such issues is dissatisfaction with the overall quality of the relationship. When a man finds himself unhappy in a relationship, it is likely to be reflected in his libido.

Preventing and Curing Sexual Disorders in Men

There are some things that you can do to reduce your chances of suffering from sexual problems, such as:

  • eating healthy food
  • limiting your alcohol consumption
  • quitting smoking
  • getting proper treatment for any relevant and occurring medical conditions
  • making sure that your anxiety, stress, or depression problems are addressed
  • constantly working on the communication with your partner

Following these recommendations will help you minimize your risk of facing sexual issues, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will guarantee you infinite sexual power. If you happen to feel that your sexual performance is getting worse, do not rush to give up on your sexual life. Most sexual disorders can be treated successfully, especially if you report them to your healthcare provider at early stages. It is incredibly important to determine whether they are caused by physiological or psychological factors, as sexual disorders are sometimes a sign of underlying medical conditions. If they are reversible and/or treatable, your sexual life will improve greatly after you receive proper treatment. If you can’t fully enjoy your sexual activities because of some mental issues, you might need to consult a professional psychologist or undergo treatment for anxiety or depression.

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