In our last blog, we discussed the issues revolving around the men’s sexual health issue of Erectile dysfunction. We’ll continue our discussion with other factors that men would like their partners to know addressing sexual health topics.
Men’s Sexual Health: It Takes Two
Men face a variety of sexual health issues that is both uncomfortable to talk about with their partner and equally their doctor. If you’re a man who is experiencing a sexual health issue or a partner who suspects an underlying issue, it’s important to stay open,honest, and address these issues together. Below we’ll touch on men’s sexual health issues that they want their partner to be more aware of.
Infertility Affects Men, Too
Infertility is such a heartbreaking and frustrating issue for both partners. Research on infertility has found that up to one-third of infertility cases can be traced back to male infertility. Male infertility can be hard to pin down, but a thorough physical examination combined with the proper labs can help sort out the cause. Some common male infertility causes include:
- Low sperm count
- Trauma to the penis or testicles
- Immune diseases
- Biological abnormalities
If you and your partner are experiencing infertility, it may be useful to visit a men’s clinic to find out if it is contributed to male infertility.
Men Feel Pressure to Always “Be in the Mood” and That is Not Always the Case
Whether this narrative continues to be perpetuated by the media or is just an untruthfully held belief, men want their partners to know that they’re not always ready for sex. Just like anyone, men experience stress, fatigue, and foul moods, and that puts sex at the bottom of their list. The fine line exists when they — or their partner — can no longer tell if it’s as a result of being emotionally and physically taxed, or if it’s a sexual health issue. Creating a clear line of communication with your partner is important in this situation, so if a low sex drive needs to be addressed professionally, it can be.
Being Healthy Will Positively Affect a Man’s Sexual Health
This may not necessarily be misunderstood by a partner, but it’s important for both people to understand. In order to have an active and energetic sex life, your partner needs to focus on his health. This can be addressed together or individually, as many sexual health issues stem from poor health. Health issues such as heart disease, diabetes, low testosterone, and thyroid conditions can all impact and lead to ED. The takeaway: if you suspect a health issue it may benefit both partners to make lifestyle changes and schedule a physical exam with a medical professional.
The Uncomfortable Topic of Premature Ejaculation
Premature ejaculation may be the elephant in the room when it comes to men’s sexual health — everyone sees it but no one addresses it! Premature ejaculation is not reserved for any specific age group, as it occurs at any age. Studies have found that it affects men anywhere from one-in-three to one-in-five and there is no central cause. Because of the sensitivity of this issue, most men want to speak to medical professionals about and it largely goes undiagnosed and untreated. Most importantly, talk about the issue — but maybe not during or after sex — and seek help. There are many options to treat premature ejaculation. So, have your partner schedule an appointment at a men’s health clinic.
It’s Normal For Sexual Desire to Decrease
Similar to the misnomer that men are always in the mood to have sex is also that we always have a high desire for sex.
As men age, sexual desire can decline, however, most older men between the ages of 50 and 80 report it as an important component of their lives. So, if your partner’s libido has dramatically dropped, this could be a sign of low testosterone. Talk this through with your partner and encourage that he makes an appointment with a medical professional.
Peyronie’s Disease Can Be Painful
Peyronie’s disease affects men’s sexual health when plaque or scar tissue form within the penile tissue. This can not only change the shape of a man’s erection, but it can make sex painful. If your partner is experiencing pain during intercourse, it may be contributed to Peyronie’s disease.
As we’ve explored the multi-faceted sexual health issues that men experience, it’s important to not only dialogue the issues together but to seek medical care. In addition, sex is a pivotal part of most relationships, so seeking counseling can be beneficial for both partners.
Charleston Men’s Clinic
If you’re ready to tackle and discuss any men’s sexual health issues, we are ready to help you find a solution! We have an all-male staff to ensure your comfort when discussing sensitive sexual health topics.
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