What You Should Know About Men's Sexual Health
April 20, 2023
Men's sexual health care is a broad term that encompasses all aspects of a man's sexual health, including his physical, emotional, and social well-being. It addresses common issues like preventing sexually transmitted infections, getting tested for prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, and penile curvature.
Maintaining good sexual health is important for a number of reasons. First, it can help you stay healthy and prevent the spread of STIs. Second, it can help you feel good about yourself and your body. Third, it can help you have satisfying and enjoyable sexual experiences.
If you are a man and you have any concerns about your sexual health, please talk to men’s sexual health physician. They can help you assess your risk for STIs, recommend screening tests, and discuss treatment options. Sexual dysfunction can affect men of all ages but is especially common in older men.
The most common problems seen by physicians who specialize in men’s sexual health care include the diagnosis and treatment of ejaculation disorders, erectile dysfunction, penile curvature, and loss of sexual desire. Good sexual health lets a man fully participate in and enjoy sexual activities.
Common Male Sexual Health Problems
Men's sexual health care addresses all aspects of a man’s sexual health, including his physical, emotional and social well-being. A highly trained physician applies advanced sciences and medical technology for the prevention, early detection, treatment, and reversal of sexual dysfunctions. There are several sexual health issues that can affect men and interfere with enjoying a satisfying sex life, such as:
Erectile Dysfunction – Physical issues like heart disease, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity, depression, anxiety, stress, relationship problems, and smoking can all cause erectile issues.
Ejaculation Problems – While there is no distinct age at which men stop ejaculation, men of all ages can experience problems. Premature ejaculation is the most common sexual complaint of men.
Low Testosterone – Low testosterone, also known as hypogonadism, is a condition in which a man's testosterone levels are below the normal range and can have a number of negative effects on a man’s sexual health.
Dysfunction Due to Medications – Not only can drugs and over-the-counter medicines impact sexual desire, but several prescription medicines have been linked to erectile dysfunction and other sexual performance issues.
Peyronie’s Disease – Penile curvature can cause problems with erectile function causing men to avoid intimacy, lose interest in sex, and emotionally withdraw. Shortening of the penis is common but Peyronie's Disease is usually reversible.
Prostate and Testicular Cancer – Most men will experience some erectile dysfunction after prostate or testicular cancer treatment. Men with a remaining testicle usually resume normal sexual function after surgery while some may need testosterone replacement therapy.
Low Sex Drive – Also known as low libido, the loss of drive can lead to a frustrating lack of interest in sexual activity. It is another common sexual problem associated with low testosterone, hormonal imbalances, and emotional issues.
Sexually Transmitted Infections – STIs like chlamydia or gonorrhea increase risk of ED due to an infected or inflamed prostate gland but these bacterial infections are treatable. Erectile function is normally restored with antibiotics.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to talk to your doctor. They can order a blood test to check your sugar levels, cholesterol numbers, testosterone levels, and thyroid hormones. Hormonal imbalances and abnormally low testosterone levels can cause various sexual problems. If you do have low testosterone or thyroid hormone, there are a number of treatment options available, including replacement therapy.
Discover Your Options at GAINSWave Jacksonville
There are a number of things that men can do to take care of their sexual health, such as scheduling regular checkups, practicing safe sex, eating a healthy diet, exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, managing stress, and talking to a men’s health specialist when needed. If you are a man and you have any concerns about your sexual health, please talk to a men’s sexual health doctor. They can help you assess your risk for sexual diseases, recommend screening tests, and discuss treatment options.
It is not always easy to suddenly get in the mood when you’re overwhelmed by responsibilities at work or home, so it can be crucial to get enough sleep and to exercise regularly. Where it is not uncommon for any man to experience ED on occasion, it is time to speak with a men’s health specialist if erectile problems continue to happen. Although men are more likely to develop erectile dysfunction as they age, aging does not cause ED and it should be noted that the issues causing erectile dysfunction and other sexual performance problems can be treated at any age.
At GAINSWave Jacksonville, Dr. Earl Eye specializes in men’s health and can recommend the best treatment options based on your specific sexual health issues. To set up an appointment today, call 904-500-5500.