What are the most common sexual health problems?
There are a variety of sexual health problems which affect the performance, confidence and relationships of men on a global scale;
- Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
- Low libido and lack of interest in sex
- Premature ejaculation
- Delayed/absent ejaculation
What is erectile dysfunction?
Erectile dysfunction , also known as ED, is when it proves impossible to get or keep an erection long enough to engage in sexual intercourse. It is sometimes known as “Sexual impotence.” Erectile Dysfunction is more common than it is led to believe. It is typically associated with reaching a certain age of maturity, although not inevitable.
At times, ED can be the result of a lack of blood flow, such as a problem with an artery restricting blood flow from the heart to the penis, stress, performance anxiety, and depression. Certain medical conditions and medications can also attribute to Erectile Dysfunction.
Is Erectile dysfunction common?
Today, Erectile Dysfunction affects over 30 million men in the US. 30-50 percent of these men are aged between 40 and 70. Erectile Dysfunction is also said to affect 1 in 4 men under 40 years of age, 5 % of men in their 40s, and 15 – 25 % of men ages 65 years.
Although Erectile Dysfunction is linked to men of an older age, Erectile Dysfunction can pose as problematic to the male sexual health of almost anyone. Many men experience some form of ED at some or other point in their lives, especially during times of severe stress.
While Erectile Dysfunction is more prevalent in older males, is not necessarily a guarantee that they will develop this problem. With age, it becomes increasingly difficult to get or keep an erection during sexual intercourse.
Studies suggest that ED is prevalent in:
- 21 % of white males…
- 24 % of blacks males and in…
- 19. 5 % Hispanic males – over the age of 40.
Do I Have ED?
It’s date night. You plan on spoiling the Mrs with a dinner prepared by “yours truly”, rose petals, candles- the works. Romantic music playing in the background – the ambiance is set. After dessert you find yourself flustered under the collar. The entire night she has been passing suggestive glances your way. You can no longer contain yourself as she makes her way to the bedroom. She wants you just as much as you want her. Things start getting hot and heavy under the covers. Then all of a sudden – limp.
Embarrassed and humiliated, you find you are unable to perform. She looks at you with sympathy. “It’s okay, we can try again later;” she says. She rolls over to her side of the bed – the look of disappointment in her eyes. You start asking yourself what is wrong with you. You ponder at the thought of your lover feeling unwanted and unattractive – although, that is most assuredly, NOT the case. How do you explain to her that it is not her, it is most defiantly you?
Have you ever found yourself in this position of frustration, lying there beating yourself up?
Erectile dysfunction and other sexual health problems in men are more common that you might like to think. It can affect just about any man. These problems are not specific to race or creed. Sexual health problems, such as these, can ruin your marital relationship if not addressed or left untreated.
What are the common causes of a low libido and lack of sexual interest?
Men in general, are ashamed to admit to their partners that they have a little-to-no sexual desire for them. As this topic has been dubbed “taboo” very few men are willing to speak up or seek help to rectify the problem.
A low libido affects 1 in 5 men . With age the male sex hormone knows as “testosterone” takes a dive. This creates little to no sexual desire. Low testosterone resulting in age is not the only reason for a lack of libido. Some chronic medications and low Thyroid Hormone strongly attribute to the lack of sexual need or desire. High levels of the hormone Prolactin (produce by a gland at the base of the brain) can also greatly interfere with men’s sexual performance and hormone levels.