Many men struggle with sexual dysfunction. Stress, relationship concerns, medical illness and other issues can lead to these problems. About 31% of men, and 43% of women have some sort of difficulty during sex. But many types of sexual problems can be treated or otherwise improved.
Common Sexual Problems
Men may experience:
- Lack of sexual desire
- Inability to get or keep an erection
- Orgasms that happen too slowly or too quickly
- Inability to have orgasms
Other possible issues are:
- Deformities of the penis. E.g: Peyronie’s disease, which buildup of collagen or scar tissue causes the penis to bend.
- Retrograde ejaculation, when semen is forced back into your bladder instead of out of your penis. This may happen in men with nerve damage from diabetes, or after bladder or prostate surgery.
Sex And Ageing
Some changes in your desire for sex and sexual performance are common as you age. You may need more foreplay before sex, or more stimulation to get and keep an erection. It also may take longer to get an erection after an orgasm.
Conditions that affects sexual ability or desire for sex includes:
- Heart and Vascular (blood vessel) disease
- Hormone imbalances
- Nervous system disorders like Parkinson’s disease or Stroke
- High blood pressure
- High cholesterol
Sudden changes in your sex drive or ability to have sex can be a sign you have a medical condition. Medications, such as depression and high blood pressure drugs, can also affect sex. If you notice problems after you start a new medicine, be sure to consult your doctor today.
Smoking, drinking a lot of alcohol, and other unhealthy habits also may hurt your sexual function. Ensuring you live a healthy lifestyle helps to reduce the chances to get these medical problems. Stress management, regular exercise, weight loss and healthy diet can improve your sex life,
Mental And Emotional Issues
Stress, anxiety, depression and other mental and emotional issues can have a big effect on couple’s sex lives. Many men have the ‘worry’ of not performing during sex that it can keep them from enjoying sexual intimacy. So can guilt about sex, fear of pregnancy or memories of a traumatic sexual experience.
Concerns with your relationship can lead to sex problems, too. Anger at your partner, boredom with the relationship, and other ongoing issues can all affect you sexually.
Most men feel nervous or shy talking about their sexual problems, that they feel the need to seek professional help. But opening up about your concerns is the first step to getting help.
Here at DTAP Clinic, we conduct a thorough medical examination, along with a full medical checkup to help our patient find a cause for their sexual problems and initiate the appropriate treatment for them.
If a medical condition such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity or depression is affecting your sex life, our friendly team of doctors at DTAP Clinic will need to address the root problem first as a start.
Lifestyle changes will be recommended, as these changes will overall improve your mental health and improve their ability yo have sex.
Other treatment options include:
- Counselling to help you manage stress, anxiety, fear or guilt to address depression or other mental health concerns
- Medication for erection problems that you take as a pill, such as Cialis or Viagra are available
- Testosterone replacement therapy and other hormone treatments for imbalances
- Medical devices, such as vacuum erection devices, that help you get an erection OR Electroshock-wave therapy has high success rate for erectile dysfunction
- Platelet-rich plasma injections (p-shot)
- Penis implant surgery
- Surgery to correct penis deformities