Common Sexual Problems in Men

Updated at: Sep 08, 2014
Common Sexual Problems in Men

Both men and women can be affected by sexual problems. Learn about common men sexual problems such as erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorders, inhibited sexual desire and more.

Vatsal Anand
SnrWritten by: Vatsal AnandPublished at: Mar 26, 2012

Sexual problems in men imply any such inability or problem in functioning of a body part that hinders the couple from being satisfied with their sexual activity. These problems are more likely to affect men as they age


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The most common men sexual problems are erectile dysfunction, ejaculation disorders (such as premature ejaculation, inhibited ejaculation and retrograde ejaculation) and loss of libido.


Sex problems in men are detailed as following.


Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction or impotence is one of the most prevalent men sex health problems. It can be explained as inability to have an erection or sustain it long enough for an intercourse. There are physical and psychological reasons behind the condition. Diseases such as atherosclerosis which hinder normal blood flow, chronic illnesses, certain medications, nervous disorders and a condition called Peyronie’s disease, which leaves a scar tissue in the men’s genitals are some physical causes of erectile dysfunction. Psychological factors such as stress, depression and performance anxiety or nervousness about one’s ability to perform the sexual act well are sometimes to be blamed for erectile dysfunction.


Inhibited Sexual Desire

Inhibited sexual desire is a disorder characterised by decrease in interest for sexual activity. Also referred to as loss of libido, inhibited sexual desire is a result of either psychological or physical factor. Psychological factors such as anxiety or depression and physical factors such as diabetes, medical illnesses, high blood pressure and side-effect of medications can lead to this men sex health problem.


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Ejaculation Disorders

There are three types of ejaculation disorders mainly – Premature Ejaculation, Inhibited Ejaculation and Retrograde Ejaculation.  When ejaculation occurs too early, i.e. before or soon after penetration, it is known as premature ejaculation. Inhibited ejaculation is a problem in which ejaculation occurs too slowly. Retrograde ejaculation is when at the time of ejaculation, the semen goes back into the bladder rather than through the urethra and out.

Out of the three, premature ejaculation is most common sex problem in men. The main reason behind it is performance anxiety for the sexual act. The other two ejaculation disorders are caused by post traumatic stress, lacking attraction for the sexual partner and psychological factors like religious taboo for sex. Retrograde ejaculation is also a complication that is common in diabetic men (those who suffer from diabetic neuropathy). Men undergone prostrate or bladder operation may experience the disorder.


Treatment for Men Sexual Health Problems

Addressing physical or psychological cause of sexual problems in men is the most common way the treated them. Treatment for men sex health problems may involve the following:


Specific Medical Treatment: Treatment of the underlying medical condition which is the cause of the sexual problem.
Supplementing Hormones: Men who have low testosterone levels can benefit from testosterone replacement therapy that supplements their hormones.
Psychological Therapy: A trained counsellor helps a person resolve feelings of fear, anxiety or guilt that is a hindrance in sex.


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Education and Communication: Educating a man about sex and sexual behaviours can help him overcome his fears and insecurities. Start talking to your partner about what you feel about the sexual act and get rid of the mental barriers.
Mechanical Aids: Penile implants and vacuum devices are useful for men with erectile dysfunction.


Coping with Men Sex Problems

Sexual problems are often an indication of underlying medical condition. You should never ignore your problem but work with a doctor to get to the root cause. Besides, it is very important for your partner to know if you aren’t feeling right about something or things that are bothering you. One of the best ways of coping with sex problems is through communication; talk it out.

The common sexual health problems in men are a cause of great distress and cause relationship troubles if they persist. If any of the problems persist for too long, it is advisable to consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment.

Despite the problems of sexual dysfunction being treatable in most cases, many people hesitate to talk about it openly. Both men and women can be affected by sexual problems, and they are normal. Being better informed about these sexual health problems along with possible treatment options will surely help the men to deal with them better.



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