Sexual (Sex) Problems in Men (cont.)

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What is the treatment for sexual problems in men?

The treatment plan depends greatly on the precise cause of the problem. If the cause is psychological, help from a psychiatrist or psychologist can help. The indicated therapy in this case will be cognitive behavioral therapy. Sometimes the treatment will include couples therapy. If the cause of the diminished libido is pharmacological, you can consult your physician and ask if he or she can suggest a medicine without sexual side effects. Sometimes, hormonal replacement will be suggested. Talk to your doctor about any changes in libido you have experienced.

What are the different types of sexual dysfunction in men?

Types of sexual dysfunction include disorders involving sexual desire or libido, erection, ejaculation, and orgasm. They will be described separately, but understand that some medical conditions can affect two or more disorders at the same time.

What is low libido?

The definition of low libido is when sexual desire is diminished or absent. The definition also varies according to the patient's level of satisfaction of his own sexual desire. Some men can be very fulfilled with what some men consider scarce sexual activity.

Sexual desire problems affect a small percentage of men in the general population. Libido is mainly a hormonal and brain phenomenon. Sexual desire requires normal levels of testosterone (male hormone) in the blood and a certain attraction for the partner in question.

What are the risk factors for low libido?

The risk factors for low libido in men include:

  • Age because testosterone concentration will decrease over the years
  • Alcohol consumption
  • Malnourishment
  • Smoking
  • Drug consumption
  • Conditions requiring medication that lowers testosterone, depression, benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), pain, and prostate cancer
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 2/9/2015

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