The Different Types of Male s*xual Dysfunction, Causes And Remedies - Full Gist NG


Monday, 26 June 2017

The Different Types of Male s*xual Dysfunction, Causes And Remedies

s*x may be natural, but it doesn’t always come easily. Both men and women can experience a wide variety of s*xual problems throughout their lives. 

Although erectile dysfunction is the type of male s*xual dysfunction most often discussed, it’s not the only type of s*xual difficulty men experience. Just as there are many types of s*xual dysfunction in women, men can experience a variety of problems with desire, arousal, and climax.
Erectile dysfunction is just the beginning.

Erectile dysfunction

Types of Male s*xual Dysfunction

Men can experience several different types of s*xual dysfunction. Types of male s*xual dysfunction tend to be broken down into the following categories.

Problems with interest or desire – Some men are troubled when they aren’t interested in s*x, or are less interested than they think they should be. If this lack of interest is severe enough, it can be diagnosed as Male Hypoactive s*xual Desire Disorder. Somewhere between 15 and 25 percent of men under the age of 60 experience problems with s*xual interest or desire, mostly problems with desire. The frequency of desire difficulties increases quickly in men over 60.
Erectile dysfunction – Erectile dysfunction can take several forms. Men may have trouble obtaining an erection. They may have difficulty maintaining their erection. They may also have problems with keeping their erection firm enough for penetration. All these problems become more common with age. In men under 40, studies estimate that 15-17 percent of men will experience erectile dysfunction. In comparison, some studies estimate that more than three quarters of men over the age of 80 experience erectile dysfunction.

Premature Release – Premature Release, or PE, is clinically defined as a man ejaculating within 1 minute of vaginal penetration, when that is before the man wishes to release. Men who have other forms of s*x can also experience PE, but the formal diagnosis only provides a time estimate for vaginal intercourse. In general, if a man is ejaculating before he desires to, and in under 1-2 minutes, it is worth considering whether he might have PE. Studies on how common premature Release is vary. Estimates are that somewhere between 8 and 30 percent of all men will experience this problem at some point during their lives.

Delayed Release – Some men either can’t release during partner s*x, or it takes so long for them to release that they develop discomfort. These conditions are known as delayed Release or anejaculation. (In this usage, an is a prefix meaning “not” or “without”) There isn’t much research on how common delayed Release is. Estimates range from 1 to 10 percent of men, but scientists think the numbers are likely much higher in older men.

Difficulty with climax – Many men don’t notice a distinction between Release and climax. Therefore it’s difficult to determine how common climax problems are. However, some men do report problems with climax that are separate from their ability to release. Such problems can include a lack of pleasurable feelings during climax.

Pain during s*x – Approximately 16 percent of men experience some pain during intercourse or Release. Unfortunately, this condition is not well studied. However, pain can be linked to infection with certain STDs as well as to other problems, such as Peyronie’s disease.

Causes of Male s*xual Problems

A number of health conditions can affect men’s ability to function sexually. Probably the most well known cause of s*xual problems in men is cancer.

Prostate cancer and its treatment are significant causes of s*xual dysfunction in men. However, they’re far from the only cause.

Aging and Lifestyle

Age is one of the biggest factors associated with s*xual dysfunction. In general, men experience more s*xual problems as they age. To an extent, this is due to an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and other illness, such as diabetes. However, decreased erectile function also seems to be a natural consequences of the aging process. It is just less of a problem for men who are otherwise in good health.

Cardiovascular health is a big risk factor for erectile problems, even independent of age.

This is because healthy arteries and blood flow are necessary for good erectile function. Similarly, diabetes is closely linked to the development of erectile problems. This is probably, in large part, due to the negative effects of diabetes on the cardiovascular and other systems of the body. Obesity and a sedentary lifestyle additionally elevate risk.

Recent studies suggest that cigarette smoking may increase the risk of s*xual problems in men as well, but more work still needs to be done in this area. If tobacco is linked to erectile function, it may be due to its well-established effects on heart health.


As people often think of testosterone as the “s*x hormone”, it’s probably unsurprising to most people that hormone levels affect s*xual interest and desire. What hormones are involved in s*xual function? Primarily, the androgens have been implicated in s*xual health, but other hormones may play a role is well. Testosterone is one type of androgen.

Androgen levels are well established as playing a big role in men’s desire for s*x. However, it is not clear that androgen levels have any effect on erectile function. It takes extremely low levels of testosterone to suppress nighttime erections. Furthermore, testosterone replacement has not been shown to be an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. Therefore, except in rare circumstances, androgens probably play a much bigger role in desire than physical function.


Several types of diseases can have an impact on s*xual health. Urinary and kidney problems in particular have been shown to cause an increase in erectile dysfunction. Men with urinary symptoms have been shown to have three times the rates of erectile problems as men without them. This includes problems such as overactive bladder as well as lower urinary tract symptoms.

Chronic neurological diseases are also associated with s*xual function problems in men. Increased rates of these problems are seen in men with such diverse conditions as Parkinson disease, epilepsy, stroke, and multiple sclerosis.For men with neurological problems, s*xual dysfunctions can range from erectile problems to problems with desire and climax.

Male s*xual dysfunction is also associated with a number of other medical conditions ranging from cancer to sleep apnea.


Men with spinal cord injuries have increased rates of erectile and ejaculatory problems. However, spinal cord injury does not necessary prohibit s*xual function. Some people with complete spinal cord injuries still experience arousal and climax from non-private part stimulation. In addition, desire and interest are unlikely to be affected by spinal cord injury.

Surgery, particular prostate cancer surgery,can also cause problems with erectile function if important nerves or tissues are damaged. Radiation to the pelvis during cancer treatment can also cause injuries that lead to dysfunction. In general, any injury to the nerves, arteries, and veins of the pelvis has the potential to cause s*xual problems.

Psychological and Psychiatric Problems.

A number of psychological problems are associated with s*xual function problems in men. Depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, and even anger issues can all cause problems with desire, erectile function, and Release. Unfortunately, medications for these conditions can also cause s*xual problems. If you have noticed your s*xual function declining after starting a psychiatric medication, it may be worth discussing other options with your psychiatrist. Not all medications have the same effects on s*xual function.

Medications and recreational drugs can also affect s*xual function in some men. This includes both prescribed medications, such as those for heart disease, and illicit substances such as alcohol, marijuana, and narcotics. The prescribed medications most often associated with s*xual problems are antidepressants and certain types of heart medication. Amphetamine abuse or misuse can also cause significant male s*xual dysfunction.

Partner Problems

Finally, it’s important to mention that sometimes s*xual problems in men aren’t about the man. They’re about the relationship in which he’s trying to have s*x. When men aren’t interested in or attracted to their partner, they may experience s*xual function problems. A man’s partner’s s*xual problems can also have an impact on his s*xual function.

Treatment for Male s*xual Problems

It may surprise people that one of the biggest interventions for s*xual dysfunction can be getting out of bed and out into the world. For men living a sedentary lifestyle, physical fitness can make a huge difference in s*xual function. It can even help reverse the s*xual effects of cardiovascular disease! Exercise has also been shown to be helpful for men experiencing s*xual problems after prostate cancer.

Psychological Interventions and s*x Therapy

A number of psychological interventions have been developed to help men and women improve their s*xual function. These interventions are often taught by s*x therapists, and they include education on healthy se*uality and s*xual function. s*x therapists are not “hands on” therapists. Instead, they’re specially trained mental health clinicians who have learned how to work with people with s*xual health problems. They don’t touch their clients or have s*x with them. Instead, they teach them skills and techniques to practice at home by themselves or with a s*xual partner.

In addition to specific s*x therapy techniques, mental health providers can help people improve their relationship with their partner. That’s something that can make a big difference in having a healthy, enjoyable s*x life. They may also be more acceptable alternatives to medical techniques for some men.


A number of medications have been used to help men with s*xual problems. The most obvious are the treatments for erectile dysfunction – the PDE5 inhibitors such as Viagra, Levitra, and Cialis. (Note: some men can’t take these for safety reasons.) However, medication can also be used to help with issues such as premature Release. In fact, the same drugs that cause ejaculatory problems in some men are used to treat them in others. Low levels of anti-depressants can be a quick, easy fix for some men with premature Release.

Holistic Therapy May Be the Best Option

For some men, the best option may be not having to choose between medical and psychological treatments. In fact, many men do best with a combination of therapies that address physical health, s*xual health, and behavioral health simultaneously. Primary care doctors can address underlying health concerns. s*x therapists or counselors can educate patients about s*xual function and practices. Specialists can provide more direct intervention and medications as needed, including ruling out health problems that other doctors may miss.

A Word From Verywell

s*xual problems are common, treatable, and not something to be ashamed of. The last notion can be the hardest for some men to grasp, as society often tells men that their se*uality is central to their worth. However, men aren’t all about s*x, and s*x isn’t all about the hardest erection or the most powerful Release. That’s why it’s important to take a broader view of healthy s*x and se*uality… and even more important to seek help if you need it. It may feel embarrassing to ask, but professionals can help you have an enjoyable, satisfying s*xual life.

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