Sexual problems are common for men but often go untreated either because men don’t ask about them or because doctors don’t take much interest in them. The sexual health and wellbeing is an important part of health and wellbeing of men and sexual problems are associated with a wide range of physical and psychological problems. Erectile dysfunction can be an early warning sign for heart attacks and stroke and men with erectile dysfunction commonly have diabetes that may not yet be diagnosed. Testosterone levels are higher in healthy middle-aged and older men and lower testosterone levels are more common in middle-aged and older men who are in poor health. Sexual problems in men are also associated with high rates of mental health problems, about 50% of men with erectile dysfunction meet criteria for a diagnosis of depression.
Erectile dysfunction affects about half of men over the age of 50 and is common in younger men as well. It’s common for men with erectile dysfunction to deny having it and on average it takes men over 2 years to ask a doctor about treatment options. Many men who are interested in treatment for erectile dysfunction don’t even try to access it. Despite this erectile dysfunction is very treatable and their are a wide range of treatment options available
Premature ejaculation is very common in young men with about one third of men reporting this problem. It can have a very detrimental influence on relationships and lead to avoidance of sexual intimacy between partners. It can have a variety of causes and the right treatment depends on the individual patient and the nature of their premature ejaculation. It is very treatable and can often be treated without medications
Low sex drive or a lack of interest in sex is a complicated medical problem that requires assessment of the whole person to manage. The best treatment will depend on the individual and this is a problem best assessed by a doctor who is interested and motivated to fix the problem. There are effective treatments available and most men will benefit from treatment.