Sexual Health for Men
Walsh Urology Associates are highly experienced at diagnosing and treating the full spectrum of male sexual disorders. Sexual dysfunction is a very common problem that affects men of all ages, and impact the quality of life for men and their partners. Walsh Urology can create customized therapies for our patients based on individual medical conditions and personal situations.
Problems getting or keeping an erection is called erectile dysfunction, or ED. It’s hard to know how many men have ED, but estimates of U.S. men affected range from 15 million to 30 million. Most of the time, ED has a physical cause. ED may mean your blood vessels are clogged. It may mean you have nerve damage from diabetes. Many health problems can lead to ED or could be a side effect from many common medicines, including some used to treat depression or high blood pressure. Unhealthy habits like smoking, abusing alcohol, overeating, and leading an inactive lifestyle also can lead to ED. Emotional factors, such as stress or depression, also can cause ED. Having ED can affect self-esteem and cause frustration, anger, and sadness. The good news is that ED is treatable at any age. Click here to learn more about ED.
Loss of Sexual Interest (Libido)
Your interest in sex, also called libido, can vary over the course of your life. Some men have low libidos during times of stress or illness. At times, your interest and desire for sex might not match that of your partner, which is normal in long-term relationships. Still, low libido should not be ignored. It can be a sign of a health problem, such as depression. Some medicines can affect sex drive. Reduced levels of male hormones can cause men to be less interested in sex. This naturally occurs with aging. Although it is normal for men to have less interest in sex as they age, having no interest in sex is not normal. Treatment usually is aimed at the underlying cause of low libido. A combination of factors often affects sex drive. Treatment could include medicine and counseling.
Testosterone is the most important male hormone. It helps maintain sex drive, sperm production, pubic and body hair, muscle, and bone. Lower than normal levels of testosterone can affect a man’s body and mood. Adult men can have low testosterone levels for a number of reasons. In adult males of all ages, injury, disease, and using certain drugs can cause low testosterone levels. A gradual decline in testosterone level is normal in healthy males as they age. Low testosterone in aging men can cause them to be less interested in sex or have fewer erections. But it is not normal for aging men to have no interest in sex. There could be other reasons for these symptoms.