Men's Health

A Guide to Men’s Sexual Health

Written by Mary Woods

Whether gay or straight, sexual health is an important aspect of a man’s life and must be paid particular attention to. Threats on men’s sexual health must be prevented and diminished, not only for their safety but also for that of their partners.

Parameters of Male Sexual Health

Men’s sexual health is usually determined by several factors. These factors include the following:

  • Physical Health

Men who are healthy and physically fit generally have better sexual health than men who do not look after their diet or practice regular physical activity. Weak cardiovascular constitution, underdeveloped muscles, and poor blood circulation also contribute to poor sexual health. A weak body is also more susceptible and prone to infections which can weaken a man’s resistance to sexually transmitted diseases and infections.

  • Psychological Health

Contrary to popular belief, a man’s physical constitution is not the sole determinant of sexual health. Often, some sexual problems are direct effects of a man’s emotional problems. It is commonly observed that physically healthy men who suffer for erectile dysfunction have a serious lack of confidence or are riddled with anxiety performance disorders.

  • Social Activities

Men who are in monogamous sexual relationships are at lesser risk for sexual problems compared to men who enter polygamous relationships. Drug addiction also puts a man at a greater risk for infection, especially if he uses intravenous drugs.

Risks to Men’s Sexual Health

Male sexual health can be threatened by several diseases and disorders. Some of these risks include:

  • Ejaculation Disorders

There are three common forms of ejaculation disorder in men. Premature ejaculation happens when due to an excess of sexual arousal, anxiety, or loss of control, a man ejaculates before or soon after penetration.

  • Erectile Dysfunction

This happens when a man is unable to have or sustain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse and ejaculation. He is unable to introduce his semen into his partner reproductive system to induce a pregnancy.

  • Inhibited Sexual Desire

This can be loosely translated to a loss or decrease in a man’s libido levels. Often associated with low testosterone levels, inhibited sexual desire may also be triggered by medications, psychological problems, and some illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure.

  • Sexually Transmitted Infections and diseases

Men usually get infected with STDs and stis following unprotected and unhealthy sexual relationships with an infected partner. Usual signs of STIs and stds include: difficulty in urinating, bloody urine, foul penile discharge, sores, lesions, and excessive itching in the genitalia.

Men who are healthy and physically fit generally have better sexual health than men who do not look after their diet or practice regular physical activity. Contrary to popular belief, a man’s physical constitution is not the sole determinant of sexual health. Premature ejaculation happens when due to an excess of sexual arousal, anxiety, or loss of control, a man ejaculates before or soon after penetration.

Whether gay or straight, sexual health is an important aspect of a man’s life and must be paid particular attention to. Threats on men’s sexual health must be prevented and diminished, not only for their safety but also for that of their partners.

When it comes to problems concerning male sexual health, Immediate medical assistance must be sought. Diagnosis is usually done through psychological and physical exams, as well as a thorough evaluation of medical history. Treatment usually comes in two phases: medical treatment for physical symptoms and psychological therapy for social and mental factors.

About the author

Mary Woods