A Guide to Men's Sexual Health



Men's sexual health is a frequently ignored topic, especially among men themselves. As a consequence, most people are misinformed about their own sexual health, or mistaken. This article provides details on the fundamentals of male sexual health and addresses the common factors that affect the sexual health of men.



Most of the sexual health information available is primarily directed at women. Men, however, are also at risk for sexual problems especially those who are sexually active. Sexual health, whether gay or straight, is an important aspect of a man's life and needs to be given particular attention. Threats to the sexual health of men must be avoided and reduced, not only because of their protection but also because of that of their partners.



Male Sexual Health Parameters:


Sexual health for men is usually determined by multiple factors. The following factors include:



    * Physically Health:


Men who are physically fit and healthy usually have better sexual health than men who do not take care of their diet or do regular physical exercise. Also contributes to poor sexual health are weak cardiovascular constitution, underdeveloped muscles and poor blood circulation. A damaged body is also more prone to infections and can decrease the resistance of a man to sexually transmitted diseases and infections.


    * Sexual Health:

Contrary to popular belief, the physical nature of an individual is not the only determinant of sexual health. Many sexual problems are often direct effects of the emotional problems that a man has. It is commonly observed, for example, that physically healthy men who suffer from erectile dysfunction either have a serious lack of confidence or are riddled with performance anxiety disorders.


    * Activities:


People in monogamous sexual relationships are at lower risk of having sexual problems compared to people joining polygamous relations. Drug addiction also poses a higher risk of infection to a man especially when he uses intravenous drugs.

Risks to sexual health for men:

Many illnesses and disorders may endanger male sexual health. Some of those risks include the following:

    * Ejaculation Troubles:

There are three common forms of disorder of the ejaculation in men. These are premature, delayed ejaculation, and retrograde ejaculation. Premature ejaculation occurs when a man ejaculates before or soon after penetration due to an excess of sexual arousal, fear, or loss of control. Retarded ejaculation takes place when an ejaculation becomes too slow to prevent orgasm. Retrograde ejaculation occurs when the ejaculate is forced back into the bladder rather than released to the orgasm.

    * Erectile:


Another term for this disorder is powerlessness. This occurs when a man can not have or sustain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse and ejaculation. As such, he can not cause conception by inserting his sperm into his wife reproductive system. This often results from psychological trauma or an effect of certain medicines.

    * Sexual Desire Inhibited:


This can be loosely translated into a loss or reduction in rates of a man's libido. Medications, psychological problems, and some diseases such as diabetes and high blood pressure may also cause decreased sexual desire associated with low testosterone levels.

    * Sexually Transmitted Infections:


Men are usually diagnosed with STIs and STDs following unhealthy and unwanted sex with an infected partner. Common signs of STDs and STIs include: urination problems, bleeding urine, foul penile discharge, sores, lesions, and persistent genital itching. 

Immediate medical support must be obtained when it comes to male sexual health problems. Diagnosis is usually done by physical and psychological tests, as well as a comprehensive medical history assessment. Treatment normally takes place in two phases: Medical treatment for mental and social problems and psychological therapy.

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