Sexual Wellness in Men
Sex is a basic human necessity. It is a process driven by certain hormones in the human body to help continue human reproduction. It not only keeps the human race perpetuating but is also a source of great pleasure.
Sexual wellbeing for a male is a state of having a desire to have sex, attain proper erection without any difficulty, ability to have intercourse with a partner, and ejaculate normally.
WHO Survey report
According to a survey, 31% of men suffer from some problems in their sex life at some point in their lives.(Paulsen et al. 2020)
Symptoms of Poor Sexual Health
Your sexual wellness is compromised If you are losing interest in your sex life, your desire for having sex is dying, it is hard for you to have an erection or you are not able to have an erection at all.
Other symptoms include, not being able to participate and enjoy fully during the act of sex, having an ejaculation even before penetrating your partner, ejaculating as soon as you penetrate, or not having an ejaculation at all.
Ejaculation getting back up into your bladder instead of coming out through your urethra(also known as retrograde ejaculation) is also one of the most common presentations.
Decreased sperm count and decreased quality of semen can lead to subfertility in men which is also a very prevalent disorder regarding the sexual wellbeing of men.
Factors responsible for poor sexual health
There are many physical, psychological, social, and emotional factors influencing your sexual wellbeing. Every problem in your sex life must have an underlying cause that needs to be looked for, investigated through proper labs, and treated. Unresolved sexual issues in men can lead to a sense of embarrassment, inferiority, and guilt.
Constant thoughts of not being able to satisfy your partner can make you anxious. It can disturb your life and relationships. It is one of the leading causes of breakups and divorces among couples. It can cause mental health issues including depression and anxiety among young men. So, it is important to be aware of your sexual health issues and their underlying medical and psychological causes. Consult your physician, identify your problems, and get them resolved as soon as possible for a healthy happy life.
Stress, anxiety, depression, and other psychological issues can lead to a decreased desire to have sex.
Hormonal imbalances involving testosterone, FSH, LH, progesterone, and thyroid can also be a likely cause.
Chronic diseases and side effects of certain medications including antidepressants can also result in decreased libido(desire to have sex)
Psychological causes, performance anxiety and medical issues including vessel wall thickening knows as arteriosclerosis, diabetes leading to nerve damage, hypertension, hypothyroidism, and other chronic diseases can result in erectile dysfunction.
Injuries to penis and testes during road traffic accidents or fights can also lead to erectile dysfunction. Alcohol, smoking, drug abuse, and the use of steroids for bodybuilding are common causes for erectile dysfunction among young men.
Retrograde Ejaculation is common in diabetic patients due to diabetic neuropathy, patients with a history of bladder neck or prostate surgeries. Premature ejaculation is mostly due to performance anxiety, stress, repulsion to sex for religious or social reasons, and having no attraction towards your partner.
Don’t hesitate to discuss it with your physician and your partner. Get your labs done timely according to your physician’s advice and ask for an opinion of an expert because most of the problems about sexual wellbeing are curable if diagnosed timely through proper lab investigations.
Our laboratory Services for you
We are offering you the following tests to access your sexual wellness at our labs
1. CBC- complete blood count to access general body health, number of RBCs, WBCs, and platelets to identify anemia and infections.
2. Thyroid status- to check for thyroid hormone status in the body as it is a leading cause of erectile dysfunction
3. Testosterone- basic sex hormone responsible for sexual desires, erection, and spermatogenesis.
4. Progesterone- it is required to make testosterone
5. LH and FSH- they are responsible for triggering the production and release of testosterone
6. Vitamin b12- its deficiency can cause anemia which can lead to fatigue. Fatigue is a major cause of erectile dysfunction.
Need of hour
Sex education and public awareness regarding sexual wellbeing is the need of the hour. This simple step can help prevent many psychological factors leading to sexual health problems. It can help people to get away from their fears and anxieties regarding sex.
Communication with your partner is very important. You must talk to your partner about your needs, concerns, and worries regarding your sex life. It can help you a lot in solving your sexual issues.
Get help from a trained psychologist who can counsel you and solve your issues through therapy sessions. It can help you to get rid of the stress and anxiety that is hindering your sex life.
Medications can be used to resolve underlying medical conditions. Certain drugs, for example Viagra, can be used which increases blood supply to the penis can help you in getting an erection easily. Local anesthetic drugs, for example, lidocaine can be sprayed on the penis to solve premature ejaculation. It will reduce the sensitivity of your skin and you will last longer.
To earn the trust of our patients and doctors is our foremost priority from day one. we do exist to serve you because we care for your health. We are there to serve you with the best of laboratory tests. Our State of art laboratory services will ensure the early screening and diagnosis of your ailment. Contact us for the accurate results, affordability, and quality, things on which we never compromise.
Paulsen, Louise Herluf, Louise Sørensen Bakke, Dorte Ejg Jarbøl, Kirubakaran Balasubramaniam, and Dorte Gilså Hansen. 2020. “Associations between Lifestyle, Erectile Dysfunction and Healthcare Seeking: A Population-Based Study.” Scandinavian Journal of Primary Health Care, April, 1–9.