Sexual dysfunction is any physical or psychological problem that prevents your or your partner from getting sexual satisfaction. Male sexual dysfunction is a common health problem afflicting men of all ages, but it is more common with increasing age. Treatment from our internal medicine clinic in Tempe can help men suffering from sexual dysfunction.
The main types of sexual dysfunction are:
Delayed or inhibited ejaculation
What causes sexual dysfunction? Physical causes of overall sexual dysfunction may be:
Low testosterone levels
Blood vessel disorders such as hardening of the arteries and high blood pressure
Stroke or nerve damage from diabetes or surgery
Alcoholism and drug abuse
Psychological causes might include:
Concern about sexual performance
Marital or relationship problems
Depression, feelings of guilt
Effect of past sexual trauma
Work-related stress and anxiety
How does sexual dysfunction affect men?
The most common problems men face with sexual dysfunction are troubles with ejaculation, getting and keeping an erection, and reduced sexual desire.
Your doctor may begin the diagnosis process with a physical exam. Physical tests may include:
Blood tests to check your testosterone levels, blood sugar, and cholesterol
Blood pressure check
Rectal exam to check your prostate
Examination of your penis and testicles
Other tests can show if you have problems with the nerve impulses or blood flow to the penis. Your doctor may also ask questions about your symptoms and your medical and sexual history. These questions may seem personal, but do not be embarrassed. It is important to answer honestly so the best treatment can be recommended.
How Is It Treated
Many cases of sexual dysfunction can be corrected by treating the mental or physical problems that cause it. Treatments include:
Medications – drugs that help improve sexual function by increasing blood flow to the penis
Hormone Therapy – low levels of testosterone raised by hormone replacement therapies that include injections, patches, or gels.
Psychological Therapy – a psychological counselor can help you address feelings of anxiety, depression, fear, or guilt that may affect sexual function.
Mechanical aids – vacuum devices and penile implants can help some men with erectile dysfunction.
Can It Be Prevented?
While male sexual dysfunction cannot be prevented, dealing with the causes of the dysfunction can help you better understand and cope with the problem when it happens. To help maintain good sexual function:
Follow your doctor’s treatment plan for any of your medical/health conditions
Limit your alcohol intake
Get treatment if needed for any emotional or psychological problems such as stress, depression, and anxiety
Communicate better and more often with your partner
Men’s Vitality Center is Arizona’s leading men’s primary medical service provider. We believe it is a man’s responsibility to know his body, educate himself, and take care of his health so that he can be there for his family and loved ones. Stop by and visit or call us today. We are here to provide the ultimate men’s health through virility and masculinity.