Sexual Problems in Men

  • Medical Author:
    Kevin C. Zorn, MD, FRCSC, FACS

    Dr. Kevin Zorn is a dual-board-certified (US and Canada), minimally-invasive uro-oncology, fellowship trained urologist at the University of Chicago. His main focus of clinical and scientific interest is in the surgical treatment of renal and prostate cancer. He is also an expert in performing surgery with the DaVinci Surgical Robotic System to manage localized prostate cancer and small renal masses. Dr. Zorn studied medicine and urology at McGill University in Montréal.

  • Medical Editor: William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR
    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    William C. Shiel Jr., MD, FACP, FACR

    Dr. Shiel received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors from the University of Notre Dame. There he was involved in research in radiation biology and received the Huisking Scholarship. After graduating from St. Louis University School of Medicine, he completed his Internal Medicine residency and Rheumatology fellowship at the University of California, Irvine. He is board-certified in Internal Medicine and Rheumatology.

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What is the treatment for disordered orgasm?

Anorgasmia will be treated with psychiatric help or by treating the underlying cause.

What are other kinds of sexual dysfunction in men?

Another category of sexual problem is sexual pain. A penile lesion, injury, or a skin disease can be the cause among others. Men's sexual pain occurs less frequently than women's.

At what age do men experience sexual dysfunction?

There are normal changes in sexual function in the elderly. Older men can have the following symptoms of sexual dysfunction:

  • Longer delay between stimulation and erection
  • Erection is less turgid
  • Ejaculation is less strong
  • Ejaculatory volume is smaller
  • Time between erections is longer
  • Less sensitivity to tactile stimuli
  • Lower testosterone
  • Orgasm is attained more slowly

These phenomena can be experienced as patients grow old. Nevertheless, it can be addressed so that those affected can still have a very satisfactory sexual life.

What kinds of professionals treat sexual problems in men?

Psychiatrists, psychologists, and sexologists can be involved in the management of sexual dysfunction. Psychiatrists or psychologists can especially help when the cause of the dysfunction is psychogenic. Therapies targeting cognition and behavior usually have good success rates. Sexologists can also contribute to these therapies.

Can sexual problems in men be prevented?

Lifestyle changes can be useful to help treat or improve sexual dysfunction, but more importantly can have an impact before the development of the disease itself. You can prevent the incidence of sexual troubles by having a healthy lifestyle; exercise regularly, eat well, limit alcohol consumption, and quit smoking, if you are a smoker. Lifestyle changes take time and effort, but the results are worthwhile.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 3/2/2016

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