Male Sexual Dysfunction

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Male Sexual Dysfunction

Male Sexual DysfunctionMale sexual dysfunction is most commonly thought of solely as erectile dysfunction but is actually a group of disorders that also includes decreased libido and abnormal ejaculation.

THE BAD NEWS

Male sexual dysfunction is quite common. How common? In the National Health and Social Life Survey in 1992, about 1 in 3 males experienced sexual dysfunction.

THE WORSE NEWS

The older you get, the more likely you are to get it.

THE GOOD NEWS

Sexual dysfunction is a highly treatable problem. Sexual function can be improved with improved diet and exercise. Additionally, many medical treatments are available.

What Is Male Sexual Dysfunction?

It is actually a group of disorders that includes erectile dysfunction, decreased libido, and abnormal ejaculation.

  • Erectile dysfunction is the inability to acquire or maintain an erection of sufficient rigidity or duration for sexual intercourse. (For more information, see Erectile Dysfunction)

  • Decreased libido is a loss of sexual desire. It frequently accompanies ED but can exist on its own.

  • Abnormal ejaculation is a group of disorders that includes premature, delayed, or retrograde (reverse) ejaculation as well as anorgasmia (inability to achieve orgasm). It can have multiple causes. (For more information, see Ejaculatory Disorders)

What Causes Male Sexual Dysfunction?

Male sexual function seems quite simple in practice. But, it is actually very complicated. It relies on interactions between different body systems, including the brain, nerves, blood vessels, and hormones.1 Sexual dysfunction happens when one or more of these systems are messed up.

Where Do We Go From Here?

Good sexual function is one of if not the most important thing a man has going for him. So, the real question is, “how do you fix it if it’s gone?!?”

Read on to find out more about the different types of erectile dysfunction, their causes, and the different treatments available for each. (Here’s a hint: Improving your diet and exercise routine always helps!)

EMG Health Homepage: Men’s Health Introduction

External Resources: Cleveland Clinic: Sexual Dysfunction

1. Krane RJ, Goldstein I, Saenz de Tejada I. Impotence. N Engl J Med. Dec 1989; 321 (24): 1648-1659.