Being sexually healthy is all about feeling good physically, emotionally, and mentally about sex. Every person has a different definition of sexual health. For some, it means preventing pregnancy and/or sexually transmitted infections. For others, it means being able to have satisfying sex or exploring what your sexuality means.
Whatever your definition, you deserve the right information and care to achieve what you want. Sexual health is important to a person’s overall health and their quality of life. So never feel bad or embarrassed seeking out answers to your questions, especially if you’re dealing with a problem. The fact is, everyone has experienced a problem with sex at one point or another.
Men and women naturally have different needs and concerns when it comes to their sexual health. This section focuses specifically on men’s sexual health. The following are the most common concerns men experience when it comes to sex. Most of them can easily be treated so do not despair. As with most health issues, though, a small issue can be a sign of a larger health problem, so it’s always good to be aware of your health, see a healthcare professional, and monitor changes.
Most men have had trouble getting or maintaining an erection once or twice in their life. This can be caused by a myriad of things—mood, exercise, drug or alcohol usage, etc. If it’s a rare occurrence, it’s nothing to be concerned about. If it’s an ongoing issue, though, it’s good to look into what might be the cause.
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a condition where you cannot get or maintain an erection long enough for satisfying sex. It can affect men of any age.
There are many causes of ED, both physical and psychological, including stress, depression, relationship issues, or low testosterone. Because the penis needs good blood flow to be able to have an erection, ED can also be a sign of a vascular problem. Don’t let this scare you! Most cases of ED are simple problems, which require easy treatment.
Because there are many different causes of ED, there are also many different treatments, from therapy to medication. Talk to your doctor to find the right treatment for you.
Testosterone Deficiency Syndrome
Are you feeling tired, weak, moody, and not excited about sex? These can be signs of low testosterone. There is a spectrum of testosterone deficiencies, and some low testosterone levels don’t require therapy.
For testosterone deficiencies that do require testosterone replacement therapy, there are a variety of options: a skin patch, gels, mouth patch, injections or implants, or pills. You and your doctor can determine what’s right for you.
Ejaculatory dysfunctions are one of the most common problems men have related to sex—one third of men will experience this at some point in their life.
Premature ejaculation is the most common type of ejaculatory dysfunction, where men ejaculate sooner than he or his partner(s) would like, usually within two minutes of the start of sexual stimulation. This can naturally be frustrating.
It’s normal for this to happen once in awhile, but if it happens frequently and is troublesome to your sex life, it’s good to consider what might be the cause. You and your partner(s) deserve to fully enjoy sex!
The good thing is, premature ejaculation is common and totally treatable so there are several successful treatments, including medications, counseling, or techniques during sex to delay ejaculation. Again, you and your doctor can figure out what is right for you.
Many male sexual problems can be fixed with simple treatment, but prevention is simple as well: a healthy diet and exercise boost testosterone levels and sex drive—drug and alcohol usage decrease libido, so it’s good to keep those in check.On top of a healthy lifestyle, routine doctor visits and screenings for cardiovascular disease or prostate cancer are a good backup to make sure you’re staying healthy. Your sexual health and your sex life matters.