Common sex problems in men stem from a variety of physical and psychological sources that affect all age groups, not just the geriatric population. They occur when a man is unable to meet his own sexual needs as well as those of his partner, which can diminish his confidence and cause emotional or relationship troubles. Though sexual dysfunction is bound to happen every once in a while, chronic problems need to be evaluated and remedied by a medical professional.
- Premature ejaculation occurs when a man orgasms sooner than he or his partner would like and is the most common sexual issue men complain of. The cause can be hard to determine because of the myriad of factors involved in sexual stimulation, though a common basis of premature ejaculation is performance anxiety. Because sexual inexperience is a typical precursor to premature ejaculation, many men also find that their stamina improves with age. Therefore patience, practice and relaxation are keys to stalling and prolonging orgasms.
- Erectile dysfunction is an inability to achieve or maintain an erection for sexual intercourse. It is also known as impotence. According to the National Institute of Health, reduced blood flow to the penis and nerve damage are the most common physical causes. In older males, erectile dysfunction usually is the result of disease, injury or side effect of a drug. In younger men, stress, excess weight, alcoholism, disease or relationship and self-image issues may be the culprits. Because repeated instances of erectile dysfunction can be a sign of a major health issue, it’s important to contact a doctor right away.
- Retrograde ejaculation occurs when semen, instead of emptying via the urethra, backtracks towards the bladder and is expelled with urine. Though the condition is harmless and sexual performance or orgasms aren’t affected, infertility can arise because little to no semen exits the penis during intercourse. The National Institute of Health says that diabetes or a genitourinary tract surgery are prime causes for retrograde ejaculation and can be treated by epinephrine-like drugs. If retrograde ejaculation is the side effect of a medication, discontinuing usage will help.
- Loss of libido affects one out of every five men. Depression, stress, alcoholism and excess weight are facts that affect sex drive. Incorporating major lifestyle changes, such as getting more sleep, changing diet and exercise patterns or getting therapy (if the root is psychological) can aid in recovery.