Sexual Health Problems in Men

BY Dr. Gopal Rathi Published on January 7, 2022

What is Sexual Health?

The World Health Organization defines sexual health as the state of physical, emotional, mental, and social well-being in relation to sexuality. It emphasizes that sexual health is not simply the absence of disease, dysfunction, or infirmity. Instead, it requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships. It also involves the opportunity to have pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, without coercion, discrimination, or violence.

When it comes to discussing the problems of sexual health, it is evident that many men suffer from these sexual health problems during intimacy due to various underlying issues.

Causes of sexual health Problems

The researches reveal that “About 31% of men and 43% of women have some kind of difficulty during intimacy or sex”. But developing technology can cure many types of sexual health problems wisely.There are a few major causes of sexual health problems which include:

  • Physical and mental health
  • Stress
  • Relationship concerns
  • Depression

You can improve your sexual health by taking necessary steps.

Common Sexual Problems

Men commonly experience problems in sexual health at various points of intimacy. Men frequently encounter conditions such as:

  • Lack of sexual desire
  • Inability to get or keep an erection
  • Orgasms that happen too slowly or too quickly
  • The inability of having orgasms
  • Disfigurements of your penis. This is one type of Peyronie’s disease, in which a buildup of collagen or scar tissue causes the penis to bend
  • Retrograde ejaculation, when semen is forced back into your bladder instead of out of your penis. This may happen in men with nerve mutilation, or after bladder or prostate surgery.

Sexual problems in men 

These days very recently it’s highly evident how men are facing troubles and different types of health problems in terms of sexual health. So, let’s discuss about few sexual problems which are haunting men in their life. Listed below are all the different types of diseases that men are been haunting since so long which include:

1..Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) 

  • Experts highly agree that sex plays an important role and is an integral part of a healthy life. However, if you are unaware of safe intimacy or safe sex, it can also pose the risk of sexually transmitted infections. Therefore, it is crucial to acknowledge the importance of practicing safe sex in order to prevent sexually transmitted diseases and reduce the rate of unplanned pregnancy. Various sexually transmitted infections or diseases exist, including Chlamydia, Genital herpes, Genital warts, Gonorrhea (the clap), Hepatitis B, HIV infection (AIDS), and Syphilis, among others.

2. Delayed Ejaculation

  • This condition arises in a person due to the consumption of many medicines that lead to delayed ejaculation, including antidepressants, steroids, pain killers, and some medicines for high blood pressure and heart disease. 
  • Consuming alcohol also causes delayed ejaculation for many men. 
  • Besides this, there can be physical reasons or some chronic illnesses like diabetes or multiple sclerosis, or increasing age. Repeated delayed ejaculation may be due to getting old or increasing age.

3. Dry Orgasm

  • Some men can have orgasm without ejaculating at all. They still experience the feeling of having an ejaculation, but it is observed that no semen is released. Either they do not produce semen, or the semen travels backward into the bladder.
  • Sometimes dry orgasm can happen after surgery to the bladder or prostate, which stops semen from being produced. Or it can happen after radiotherapy to the pelvis. In these cases, something has physically altered the usual flow of semen through the urethra and out the penis. 

4. Prolonged erection

  • The condition of prolonged erection occurs when the blood circulation in the penis becomes trapped, causing a lack of proper movement. It is called priapism, which refers to a persistent and prolonged erection that does not subside. This unwanted erection can be accompanied by intense pain and may last for 2 hours or more, regardless of sexual arousal. Seeking immediate medical attention is strongly advised when someone experiences priapism, as it is a medical emergency.


Your doctor will address medical conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, obesity, or depression if they impact your sex life.They may suggest lifestyle changes like quitting smoking, reducing alcohol consumption, and incorporating yoga or exercise. These small modifications can improve overall health and enhance intimacy.


Dr. Gopal Rathi

MBBS, MS, DNB, Urology

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