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Male sexual dysfunctions

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Sexual dysfunction means sexual disorders. It can affect both men and women. But here we shall talk about male sexual dysfunctions. Problems in sexual performance and desire may not be only oriented to emotional problems; they could be side effects of health issues and medicines.  Let’s find out more details about this.

Erectile dysfunction or impotence

It is the inability to achieve or withhold proper erection during sexual intercourse which can occur in one out of 10 men. Several reasons account to erectile dysfunction which could be psychological stress including worries about family, finance, work,  etc., physical exertion, relationship problems, medical conditions like high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, etc., drop in testosterone levels. Erectile dysfunction could also be a side effect of certain drugs like antidepressants, blood pressure medicines, etc. People who are victims of alcohol and drug abuse and smoke too much are also vulnerable to having trouble with attaining proper erection.

Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation occurs very early during intercourse or before penetration. As a result of this, the individual is not able to have a satisfactory sex life. Common reasons for premature ejaculation are performance anxiety, erection problems and personal issues. Medical reasons also contribute to premature ejaculations which are mostly associated with abnormality in hormonal levels and neurotransmitters of the brain, penile injury or nerve damage, infection in bladder or urethra, etc.

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Retrograde ejaculation

Retrograde ejaculation is not a problem of common man. It might occur in men with diabetes, bladder or prostrate surgery, spinal cord injury or if suffering from multiple sclerosis. In this case, the sperm or the semen travels back to the bladder instead of coming out through the penis during an orgasmic state.

Low libido

Low libido means reduce desire to have sex. The main reasons why men of the present generation suffer from low libido are psychological stress and physical stress. Simply put, due to the day to day challenges and pressure, men tend to not think about sex. However, there could be other possible reasons as well behind decreased sexual desire which are associated with side effect of blood pressure medicines, chemotherapy, radiation therapy and low testosterone levels in the body.

Other sexual dysfunctions in men

Apart from the aforementioned dysfunctions, there could be some other problems also. Though unusual, such problems negate sexual performance in men.

Peyronie's disease – A medical condition wherein fibrous growth form in the soft tissues of the penis, leading to scarring, deformity of shape and flexibility. Men with Peyronie’s disease are unable to attain erection.

Priapasm- It is a medical emergency as the penis tends to remain erect for four hours or longer along with considerable pain. Priapasm could occur in men with sickle cell anaemia, leukaemia and neurological disorders.

Diagnosis of sexual dysfunctions in men

Male sexual dysfunctions can be managed well if you address and communicate your problems properly to a sex doctor. Diagnosis involves taking detailed history of lifestyle, the symptoms and problems, medical history of any heart disease, diabetes, etc, drug history and other related factors. Your doctor will also examine you physically.

After this initial diagnosis, you may be advised hormonal test or any other specific test that would rule out your problem.

Management of male sexual dysfunctions

The treatment varies from one individual to another which depends on the nature of sexual disorder and the associated reasons. Some useful strategies involve psychological counselling, cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation techniques and hormonal pills to boost sex drive. Apart from this, you can certainly try to transform your sex life with the help of your spouse. Get involved in erotic massages, good foreplay and passionate caressing to rekindle your libido.

Written by: healthplus24.com team

Date last updated: December 17, 2014