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Sexual Dysfunctions In Men (Beyond The Basics)

As the stigmas surrounding things like cosmetic procedures and mental health are slowly fading away, the stigma around sexual dysfunction is on its way out, too. Men can freely communicate with their doctors about any sexual issues they may have without feeling embarrassed. There’s no shame in asking for medical advice when you’re concerned about something, no matter what that concern is. But it doesn’t hurt to know what might be the problem before going to see your doctor–you know, just to make yourself feel better. 

We’ve got a list of common sexual dysfunctions, their basic causes, and some causes you might not have considered. (But seriously, if you’re having a problem, please talk to your doctor–we’re not experts on all of these conditions.)

Types Of Sexual Dysfunction

  • Erectile Dysfunction: ED is the inability to get or maintain an erection.
  • Peyronie’s Disease: Scar tissue in the penis can lead to a bend or bump in your erection. 
  • Premature Ejaculation: Ejaculating quickly after initiating sexual activity is known as premature ejaculation.
  • Delayed Ejaculation: Difficulty ejaculating during sexual activity is a dysfunction called delayed ejaculation.
  • Low Testosterone: Low testosterone levels can lead to low sex drive and erectile dysfunction.
  • Low Sex Drive: Lower testosterone, anxiety, and depression can all lead to a low sex drive. 

Basic Causes

  • Medications: Have you started a new medication? Has your doctor changed the dose of a medicine you’ve already been taking? Prescription drugs can have some crazy side effects sometimes, and yes, those effects can be in the form of sexual dysfunction.
  • Health Issues: Sometimes, sexual dysfunction can be a sign of underlying medical conditions like high blood pressure and diabetes. Possible health concerns are another reason we stress taking any sexual dysfunction symptoms to your doctor.
  • Hormones: Imbalanced hormones can cause a lot of issues with your body, including sexual functions.

Beyond The Basic Causes: Mental Health And Sexual Dysfunction

  • Depression: Depression is a hard thing to navigate on your own. You might be depressed because of a specific event in your life. It might be that a change in brain chemistry is making you feel down. Whatever the case, depression can cause a number of physical symptoms, including low sex drive and other sexual problems.
  • Anxiety: Life events can lead to a lot of emotional stress, which is the gateway to anxiety. This emotion is the cause of many physical symptoms, along with emotional ones. Sexual dysfunction can also stem from performance anxiety.
  • Relationship Troubles: Being out of tune with your partner can contribute to mental and physical dysfunction. A misunderstanding or an argument can lead to feeling stressed, anxious, and even depressed.

Next Steps: Doctor’s Evaluation

The best way to figure out what’s causing your condition–and what exactly that condition may be–is to talk to your doctor. So, what will this appointment look like?

  • Questions: Your doctor will listen to your complaints and then ask routine questions to weed out certain problems. These questions also help narrow down what might be the cause of your symptoms.
  • Testing: You’ll need to have some tests run so your doctor can evaluate what’s causing your sexual dysfunction.
  • Physical Exam: A quick examination can help immediately rule out specific problems and allow your doctor to order tests that are hyper-focused on the possible causes.

Treatment Options

  • Therapy: Sometimes, just talking out your problems can be enough. Even if it’s not, a sex therapist might be able to help you if you’re having a mental or emotional issue.
  • Medication: Medications can help with sexual dysfunction conditions. If your problem is anxiety or depression, your doctor will prescribe medicine to help with these, too.
  • Mending Relationships: Trouble in a relationship can lead to all kinds of physical symptoms. A step in the right direction is to mend any rifts in your relationship with your partner to improve your mental and physical functions.

Make Dysfunction A Thing Of The Past

If your sexual dysfunction is related to performance anxiety or depression about your size, non-surgical penis enlargement may be right for you. The providers of The P Clinic can help you feel more confident and comfortable with your body. Call (281) 787-0333 for more information or to schedule a consultation.

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