Common Sexual Problems in Men and How to Deal With Them



Sex is an important facet of our lives. It is something that we’re all exposed to, not just in our relationships, but also on magazine covers, movies, songs, billboards, and books. Yet, we often find it difficult and even embarrassing to talk about it. Did you know that roughly 43% of women and 31% of men have experienced sexual dysfunction? Despite being quite common, the stigma associated with sex and sexual disorders prevents a lot of people from seeking the help they need, which, in turn, affects their relationships, self-esteem, and overall quality of life. 

To encourage open and honest communication, let’s talk about the most common sexual problems in men and how to deal with them.

What Is Sexual Dysfunction? 

Any physical or psychological problem that prevents you or your partner from getting sexual satisfaction is classified as sexual dysfunction. Male sexual dysfunction affects men of all ages, but it is especially common in older men. In general, sexual disorders can put a damper on a man’s confidence and happiness. More importantly, they can be a symptom of an underlying medical or psychological issue. For that reason, you should take any sexual complaint or concern seriously.

Premature Ejaculation 

As the name suggests, premature ejaculation (PE) is a condition in which a man ejaculates soon after sexual stimulation, which makes for an unsatisfying sexual experience. Although it can feel isolating, PE is perhaps the most common type of sexual dysfunction, affecting up to 30% of men worldwide. While in many cases, men experience PE due to performance anxiety, other possible causes include stress, depression, low self-esteem, history of sexual repression, relationship trouble, or lack of communication between partners. Studies also suggest that certain drugs, including some antidepressants, can cause PE, as can nerve damage to the back or spinal cord.

Treatment options for PE vary from behavioral techniques and medications to counseling and topical anesthetics. For an increasing number of men, premature ejaculation spray is an effective way to improve their performance in bed. The primary purpose of PE spray or any topical anesthetic is to reduce sensitivity by slightly desensitizing a man’s penis during intercourse, allowing him to last long enough to bring his partner to orgasm. Keep in mind that it might take some time to find the treatment that will work for you. A combination of behavioral treatment and drug therapy is usually the most effective solution for the majority of men.

Erectile Dysfunction 

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and keep a firm erection. The prevalence of ED amongst men depends on their age; about 16% of men between 50 and 59 years, and 44% of those aged between 70 and 75 years will likely experience ED. Besides aging, the causes of ED include chronic illnesses, such as diabetes and high blood pressure, as well as diseases that affect blood flow, such as atherosclerosis. Nerve disorders, penile injury, certain drugs, and several psychological factors like stress, relationship conflicts, and performance anxiety can also cause ED.

There are many treatment options for men who suffer from ED. Before prescribing any medication, a doctor will typically recommend maintaining a healthy lifestyle by following a balanced diet, performing regular exercise, and eliminating bad habits like smoking and excessive drinking. If you need an extra boost, medications, such as Viagra or Cialis may help by improving blood flow to the penis. Other aids such as vacuum devices and penile implants may also help.

Low Libido 

Low libido refers to a decreased desire or interest in sexual activity. Reduced libido can result from a number of psychological factors, such as stress, anxiety, and depression. It can also be a side effect of certain medications and some medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Low sexual desire has also been linked with low levels of testosterone, which is the male hormone responsible for maintaining sex drive and sperm production.

Depending on the cause, possible treatments for low libido may include maintaining a healthier lifestyle, testosterone replacement therapy, or changing your current medication. Reduced libido may point to an unsatisfied desire for an intimate connection with your partner, and in that case, seeing a therapist, either alone or as a couple, can help.

Sex plays a key role in every couple’s relationship and every man’s life, regardless of his age, relationship status, and sexual orientation. If you struggle with sexual dysfunction, your relationship, confidence, and self-esteem may take a hit. That doesn’t have to be the case, though. Open communication with your partner about your needs and concerns can help you overcome many barriers and maintain a satisfying sex life. Healthy lifestyle changes can also help treat and prevent many sexual disorders. Remember, sexual problems are very common in men, and in most cases, they are treatable, so be sure to discuss any persistent issues with your physician.


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