Male sexual dysfunction refers to a problem a man has during any phase of the sexual response cycle that prevents the man or couple from experiencing satisfaction from the sexual activity.
Common types of male sexual dysfunction include low libido, erectile dysfunction (ED), premature ejaculation and disordered orgasm.
The definition of low libido is when sexual desire is diminished or absent.
Low libido can have a number of causes including:
- Health problems or systemic illness
- Certain medications such as SSRIs, anti-androgens, 5-alpha-reductase inhibitors and opioid analgesics
- Reduced levels of male hormones or hormonal problems such as hyperthyroidism
- History of sexual abuse
- Emotional or relationship problems
- Alcoholism or recreational drugs
- Hypoactive sexual disorder
- Sexual aversion disorder
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a condition in which a man cannot get or keep an erection long enough to have sexual intercourse. There are numerous causes behind ED.
These include diseases which affect blood flow, such as atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and several related heart conditions including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, clogged blood vessels and heart disease.
Endocrine and hormone imbalances such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and hypogonadism can cause ED as can psychological factors such as stress, depression and performance anxiety.
Trauma or injury to the pelvis, such as spinal cord injury or prostate surgery, or a transurethral resection of the prostate, simple prostatectomy, or radical prostatectomy can be behind erectile dysfunction.
Several neurologic and central nervous system conditions -- like stroke, Parkinson’s disease, and multiple sclerosis -- have been linked to ED.
Both prescription and nonprescription medicine can lead to ED in some men. These include antidepressants, antihistamines, hypertension medicines and medications for Parkinson’s disease.
Low testosterone and unhealthy habits like smoking, drinking too much alcohol, overeating and not exercising can also cause erectile dysfunction.