Here is a list of some common male-specific sexual health problems, along with a brief description of each, you can find links to pages about these conditions further down:
- Erectile dysfunction: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity. ED can have a range of causes, including physical conditions (such as heart disease, obesity, and low testosterone), psychological conditions (such as depression and anxiety), and certain medications. Not every weak erection is a sign of erectile dysfunction but they are related and one leads to the other.
- Premature ejaculation: Premature ejaculation is a common sexual dysfunction in which a man ejaculates sooner than desired during sexual activity. This can be caused by psychological factors, such as anxiety or stress, or by physical factors, such as prostate problems or nerve damage. Using incorrect condoms also causes premature ejaculation.
- Delayed ejaculation: The opposite of premature ejaculation is a sexual dysfunction characterized by difficulty achieving ejaculation or a significant delay in the time it takes to ejaculate during sexual activity. It is relatively uncommon, affecting an estimated 1-4% of men. The cause of delayed ejaculation is often not clear, but it can be related to psychological factors (such as anxiety or depression), physical factors (such as certain medications or medical conditions), or a combination of both.
- Low testosterone: Testosterone is a hormone that plays a key role in male sexual development and function. Low testosterone levels can cause a range of sexual problems, including low libido, ED, and reduced sperm production.
- Prostate problems: The prostate is a gland located in the male reproductive system that produces fluid that helps to nourish and transport sperm. Prostate problems, such as prostate cancer, an enlarged prostate (benign prostatic hyperplasia), or prostatitis, can cause sexual problems such as ED or difficulty achieving orgasm.
- Peyronie’s disease: Peyronie’s disease is a condition in which scar tissue develops inside the penis, causing it to bend or curve during an erection. This can cause pain and difficulty with sexual intercourse.
- STIs: Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are infections that are transmitted through sexual contact. STIs can cause a range of sexual health problems in men, including genital warts, genital herpes, and chlamydia.
- Micropenis: also known as microphallus. It is a term used to describe a penis that is unusually small in size. This condition is typically diagnosed when the stretched length of the penis is less than 2.8 inches (7 cm). Microphallus can be caused by a variety of factors, including hormonal imbalances, genetic abnormalities, and certain medical conditions. It can sometimes be treated with medications or hormone therapy, but in some cases, surgery may be necessary. Microphallus can impact a man’s sexual function and fertility, and it can also have psychological and social consequences.
If you have concerns about the size of your penis or any other aspect of your sexual health, it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider for proper evaluation and treatment.
It is also worth knowing about the stages of penis growth during puberty.
It’s important to note that these are just a few examples of male-specific sexual health problems, and there are many other conditions that can affect male sexual health. If you have concerns about your sexual health, it’s important to speak with a healthcare provider for proper diagnosis and treatment.