Most Common Male Sexual Dysfunctions

Most Common Male Sexual Dysfunctions

Sexual dysfunction is a topic that not many people are comfortable to discuss with. Fortunately, most of the cases of sexual dysfunction are curable, so it is important to share your concern with your doctor. Both men and women can encounter a variety of sexual problems throughout their lives.

Highlights

  • Male sexual problem is a growing concern and affects about 75 percent of men
  • Erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation are some of the most prevalent forms
  • Treatment is mostly psychological but medications can also improve some conditions

While females also suffer from sexual problems, men are affected most. Some studies suggest that three-quarters of men suffer from some kind of sexual problem till they get in their 80s. 

Here we are discussing types of male sexual dysfunctions and their possible treatments.

Types of Male Sexual Dysfunction

1. Erectile dysfunction

Normally, it is referred to trouble maintaining a full erection but erectile dysfunction can be divided into various types. 

Some men may have difficulty maintaining their erection, some may find problem keeping their erection strong enough for penetration.

Causes

Erectile dysfunction can be caused by medical conditions such as penis injury, high blood pressure, and diabetes. Depression, nerve disorders, and fatigue can also contribute to the condition.

2. Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation is the most prevalent form of sexual dysfunction in men. It affects adult of every age. Clinically, it is defined as ejaculating or reaching climax within 1 minute of vaginal penetration, well before a man wishes to ejaculate. 

Studies estimate that about 30 percent of men will encounter this problem at some point in their life.

Causes

The exact reason is still unknown but psychological causes such as worrying about premature ejaculation and anxiety can contribute to the disorder. 

Biological causes can be abnormal hormonal levels and inflammation or infection of the prostate or urethra.

3. Delayed ejaculation

Contrary to premature ejaculation, delayed ejaculation is also a problem in many men. When a man takes longer time or can't ejaculate during intercourse, it is defined as delayed ejaculation. 

Although it is a topic that hasn’t been researched much, experts opine that 1-10 percent men suffer from this disorder. The number is much higher in older adults.

Causes

Delayed ejaculation in most of the cases results from psychological and physical factors such as depression, anxiety, injury to the pelvic nerves that control orgasm, infections, thyroid disease, etc. 

Certain chemicals in anti-depressant and anti-psychotic medicines have been linked to delayed ejaculation.

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4. Low interest or desire

Some men show less interest in sex and this can trouble their life if it is serious enough. This condition can be called as Male Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder. 

About 15-25 percent of men under 60 show lack of desire or interest in having sex. This intensity or frequency of desire can increase quickly after 60 years of age.

Causes

Reasons are mostly psychological such as depression and anxiety. Some other causes include physical illness, medication side effect, and decreased testosterone level.

5. Retrograde ejaculation

Retrograde ejaculation is a condition that occurs when the sperm does not flow out of the penis and instead, forced back into the bladder. It is also known as dry orgasm. 

Though, the person will reach the sexual climax but will ejaculate a little or not at all.

Causes

This condition generally occurs due to certain medications, surgery of prostate and bladder or because of spinal cord injury.

6. Pain during sex

It is estimated that about 16 percent of men experience pain during sex or at the time of ejaculation.

Causes

Males experiencing pain during sex could be due to reasons such as Peyronie’s Disease, an infection linked to STDs (sexually transmitted diseases) or tight foreskin.

Treatment for Male Sexual Problems

Bringing up the concern with the doctor, especially the sex therapist is the best way to deal with sexual problems. He might recommend following things:

  • Avoid sedentary lifestyle and lay emphasis on physical fitness
  • Improve relationship with the partner for healthy and enjoyable sex life
  • In specific cases such as erectile dysfunction, the person will be advised to take medications such as Viagra, Cialis and Levitra
  • For premature ejaculation, low anti-depressants is considered a quick fix
  • In certain cases, treating the underlying cause such as diabetes, high blood pressure and anxiety might help in dealing with sexual issues
  • In some rare cases, surgery might fix the problem

If a sexual problem is chronic, it should not be left untreated as it might give rise to other problems such as infertility in men. Just a little courage is needed to talk to the doctor and you might not know your sexual life could become more enjoyable.