Sexual health is a vital aspect of a man’s overall health and wellness, and there are a number of issues that can affect it; including erectile dysfunction, problems with ejaculation, infertility, and others. It’s important to be aware of potential problems that can affect your health, and know what precautions you can take to stay healthy.
The most common male sexual health problem is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile Dysfunction (ED) affects up to 50% of men over the age of 40. ED is mainly caused by blood flow problems, such as high blood pressure or vascular disease, which are common among aging men. Other factors that increase the risk for developing ED include surgeries involving prostate cancer, smoking, certain medications, and the use of alcohol or drugs.
The first solution many men try involves medications. There are also several non-surgical options to help with symptoms, including vacuum pumps and various penile exercises which help to promote blood flow.
Men should go to the doctor at least once per year
Women have specialty doctors who treat women and women’s reproductive health only – gynecologists and obstetricians. There is no male equivalent to these doctors, however, and men often avoid going to the doctor because they don’t have symptoms of anything being wrong and because they aren’t aware that annual check-ups and examinations are good for their overall health.
Besides the annual physical, screenings for colon, testicular, and prostate cancer are important. But more than that, an annual check-up helps men feel more comfortable talking with their doctor, helps them become more aware of their bodies and may be more apt to seek help when something just isn’t right.
Up to one third of infertility cases may involve male infertility
Many factors can contribute to male infertility, including low sperm production, anatomical abnormalities, testicular trauma and genetic or immunological diseases, among many others. Determining the exact cause of infertility involves a thorough physical evaluation, lab tests, imagery and semen analysis.
A vasectomy is extremely effective, but it should only be considered as a permanent form of birth control
A vasectomy is a simple, minimally invasive surgical procedure used as a permanent form of male birth control to prevent pregnancy. During this 30-minute procedure, a surgeon cuts the tubes that transport sperm within the male reproductive system. Sexual health isn’t affected by a vasectomy, and the procedure is extremely effective in preventing pregnancy. It is considered a permanent form of birth control because it’s not easily reversible.