Common sexual health issues faced by men

Discussing sexual health issues in men is always a bit tasking because any indication of a challenge in a man’s sexuality or reproductive health is automatically and erroneously considered to be an indictment of his masculinity.

Additionally, sexual health issues are a sore spot for men in relationships whose situations will largely impact on their partners.

Although when lots of couples are considered to be clinically infertile, the lenses are usually focused on women, especially in the Nigerian society. Research has however proven that men are as culpable as women in the many cases of infertility, therefore, it is important for men to take their sexual health seriously and consult medical professionals if  and when the need arises..

Some sexual health issues faced by men:

Erectile Dysfunction

Ed is widely known and in the layman’s language referred to as impotence. It is a condition where a man can not achieve or maintain an erection for intercourse. ED can result from when the man experiences a marked decrease in sexual desire. It is often caused by an existing physical problem because for a person to become sexually aroused, his brain, hormones, nerves, muscles, and blood vessels must be functional – in tandem and individually. Possible secondary causes of impotence include heart disease, diabetes, obesity, high cholesterol and blood pressure, low testosterone, excessive use of alcohol, etc.

If it’s a one-time inability to get it up, then it is not a serious issue but if it is persistent, it can affect a man’s self-confidence and negatively impact his relationship.

Low Sperm Count/Oligospermia

Semen is the fluid a man ejaculates during intercourse containing the sperm. If a man ejaculates semen that contains less sperm than normal, he is considered to have a low sperm count. Whereas if an individual has zero sperm count in his semen i.e there is no viable/living sperm cell he has what is known as azoospermia.

This condition can be caused by a variety of lifestyle factors, many of which are avoidable: smoking, excessive alcohol consumption, obesity, direct heat to the groin, and excessive intercourse.

Low Testosterone

The testosterone male hormone influences a man’s sex drive, as well as his muscle and bone strength in adulthood. Symptoms of low testosterone include low libido, poor erectile function and an overall reduction of sexual activity. Low testosterone is often linked to other health issues like diabetes, obesity, infection, an additional hormone disorder, testicular cancer, etc.

Peyronie’s Disease

This condition occurs as a result of fibrous scar tissue formed inside the penis causing a man’s erection to curve. The result is significant pain and discomfort. Peyronie’s disease may be because of an injury to the penis such that blood cells become trapped at the injury site, leading a build-up of scar tissue while the body tries to heal naturally. Peyronie’s disease can also occur gradually for some men as they age. However, there are both medical and surgical options available to treat the disease.

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)

(AKA prostate enlargement) is a natural aspect of aging in men but can have adverse effects later on. When a man has BPH, the prostate is larger than usual squeezing the urethra leading to a weak stream when men pee and cause them to wake up a lot at night to go to the bathroom. BPH isn’t prostate cancer and doesn’t make one more likely to get it.

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