Five Common Types of Male Sexual Dysfunction (and How a Doctor Can Help)
Almost half of American men have symptoms of sexual dysfunction, but most of them do not discuss it with a medical professional.
As a health psychologist for Hartford HealthCare Tallwood Men’s Health Center, I’ve seen how important it is to have uncomfortable outdoor conversations with your health care providers.
So in this new series, I’m going to address the men’s health topics that impact my patients the most.
To start, we’ll talk about sexual health.
If you’re having difficulty with sexual function, well, you’re not alone.
Sexual health issues are much more common than you might think.
In the USA,
- 45% of couples experience relationship distress due to sexual dysfunction.
- 43% of men and 31% of women struggle with some form of sexual dysfunction.
Most people are shocked to learn that these numbers are so high. In fact, studies show that people generally think they’re the only ones having sexual problems. Clearly, this is not the case at all.
Here are the most common sexual problems in men.
Sexual problems affect both men and women. But since this column is dedicated to men’s health, I will focus only on men.
Here are some of the most common types of sexual dysfunction in men:
- Erectile variability: Inability to achieve and maintain an erection.
- Premature ejaculation: Ejaculate in less than 60 seconds.
- Genital pain: Interferes with sexual intercourse.
- Delayed orgasm/anorgasmia: Delay or absence in reaching orgasm.
- Decreased libido: Lack of sexual interest and desire for sexual activity.
In future articles, I will share more information about the above conditions.
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Our brains, bodies, and relationships can all cause sexual dysfunction.
The biology of our body and brain, our mental health, our social relationships and more influence our sexual response.
Here are some of the factors that play a role in sexual function:
Sexual health is complex and multiple biological, psychological and social factors play a role.
That’s where expert help comes in!
Depending on the underlying cause(s), sexual problems may be impossible to overcome on your own. But with the right care, they can be resolved.
For example, if high blood pressure or diabetes are interfering with your sexual stimulation, you will need appropriate medical treatment. If depression, anxiety, chronic stress, or trauma are part of the problem, a mental health professional can help. Peyronie’s disease, which causes painful erections and erectile dysfunction, can be treated by a urologist.
If you don’t know where to start, try your primary medical care provider. They can put you in touch with the care you need.