Sexual problem also known as sexual dysfunction refers to any problem experienced during any phase of a reproductive cycle that inhibits an individual or a couple from getting sexual satisfaction during a sexual act. About 31% of men experience sexual problems but women report more cases. The good news is that most of sexual problems can be treated. So you should discuss it with your doc or partner although most people are resistant to have the open talk.
Reason behind Sexual Health Problems
There are a number of factors that health experts believe to be behind sexual health problems. They include:
Physical causes: There are several physical and medical conditions that can result to problems with sexual functions. Some of them are diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, neurological problems, hormonal changes, kidney failure, liver failure, illegal drug use, and alcoholism. Some medicines used in the treatment of mental diseases such as depression can also lead to men’s sexual health problems.
Psychological causes: are you too much stressed at work? It could be the reason as to why you perform poorly between the sheets. Other psychological causes include anxiety & depression, fear of infection, guilt, or past traumatic sexual experiences.
Examining the Symptoms
There are several symptoms which can reflect that a man is having sexual health problems. They may vary depending with the health problem and include:
Lack of sexual desire: you are not in the moods to engage sexually
Erectile dysfunction: you can’t maintain an erection firm enough to sustain sexual act.
Premature ejaculation: you ejaculate too suddenly prior or shortly after penetration. This can leave your partner unsatisfied.
Delayed ejaculation: it takes longer than usual before you reach an orgasm. Reaching the peak at between 3 and 7 minutes is good but if it takes longer than 12 minutes, it could mark a sexual health problem.
Retrograde ejaculation: on reaching the climax, the ejaculate is taken back in to the bladder instead of coming out through the tip of the penis. Although it is not a serious problem, it accounts for some cases of impotency in a good number of men.
Disordered orgasm: this refers to the inability by a man to reach an orgasm after adequate stimulation.
Peyronie’s disease: usually marked by a lump on the shaft of the penis causing it to bend at a sharp angle while erect.
Examining the medical history
To ensure you have a healthy reproductive life, it is recommendable to go for regular checkups to pick up early warning signs of a disease or illness related to reproductive health. Initially, your doctor will dig in to your past sexual experiences about the symptoms. The doc may then recommend other tests to rule out any medical conditions (such as diabetes, heart disease, depression) that could be contributing to sexual problems. You may be referred to a sex psychotherapist who examines if your condition is psychologically triggered. An urologist will be required if the doctor suspects that infections in the urinary tract account for your sexual problem experiences. Let your doctor know if you had past glandular problems or whether you ever visited an endocrinologist in the past. A clear examination of past medical history will single out the most likely cause to your problem. Be open with your doctor to help him/her come up with the most convenient treatment approach.
What are the tests available to diagnose Sexual Health Problems?
There are various tests that your doctor can deem necessary if you report of any sexual health problem. They include:
· Blood test: it usually focuses to examine hormonal imbalances and presence of chemicals that can lead to the problem.
· Vascular assessment: it examines blood flow within the penis. It helps in identifying of blockages in blood vessels delivering blood in and out of the reproductive organs.
· Sensory testing: it evaluates the effects of diabetic neuropathy (damage to the nerve) and measures the strength of nerve impulses in a particular area of your body.
· Nocturnal penile tumescence and rigidity testing: it is used to monitor the natural erections that occur when you are asleep. It rules out the possible causes of your erectile dysfunction — whether they are psychologically or physically triggered.
If you suffer from any sexual health condition, don’t panic or become hesitant to share it with your partner or a medical professional. Most of such cases are treatable although majority suffers in silence due to the fear of disclosing their private life information to health care givers. Others endure pain in privacy little unaware that changes in lifestyle, healthy diet, and exercise can go along the way in solving their problems. Since most of the tests the doctors carry in establishing the possible cause of your sex problems are not invasive, you should make it a commitment to go for regular checkups. Bear in mind that most diseases including sexual health problems are better solved when detected at early stages.