If you have sexual health problems, you need to take it seriously. Premature, inhibited or retrograde ejaculation, erectile dysfunction (inability to achieve or maintain an erection) and lack of sex drive are the most common sexual health problems that men face.
It is estimated that around 1 in 10 men experience sexual health problems and it can occur at any period in their life, but more common with age. Sexual health problems are actually more common than we think but it is under-reported because most men do not get help not because they don’t want help but because they are embarrassed about their problem.
You should know that a sexual health problem is not something to be embarrassed or ashamed about. Besides being capable of preventing you and your partner from experiencing satisfaction from sexual activity, it can also affect your mental health negatively.
Very importantly too, research has found strong connections between a man’s reproductive health and general health. Erectile dysfunction, for example, can be an early warning sign of heart disease. Also, men who have certain health conditions have a greater chance of experiencing sexual health problems.
This makes it very important for you to see your doctor in person and share your concerns. Do not “wait and see” and do not rely on the information you obtain on the internet, newspapers or other channels. You need to get checked by a doctor so the cause of the problem can be identified and the right and most effective treatment can be administered or recommended.
What are some of the things that could cause sexual health problems in men?
These problems may be due to:
- Certain diseases like diabetes and heart disease
- Drug and alcohol abuse
- Side effects of certain medications like antidepressants
- Low testosterone
Can these problems be prevented?
Sexual health problems in men cannot always be prevented but there are certain things you can do to help maintain your sexual health which may in turn reduce your risk of these problems:
- Not smoking
- Maintaining a healthy weight through healthy eating and regular exercise
- Avoiding alcohol
- Managing stress
- Avoiding use of recreational drugs