Male Sexual Dysfunction


Urology Austin physicians diagnose and treat male sexual dysfunction

If you are experiencing a sexual problem that is causing you frustration, you’re not alone. Male sexual dysfunction is something that many men hesitate to mention to their physicians, which is unfortunate, because it’s a very treatable problem.

What is male sexual dysfunction?

Male sexual dysfunction occurs when a man is unable, for physical or psychological reasons, to enjoy a full sexual response cycle. Problems can occur during any of the four phases of the cycle (excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution).

While male sexual dysfunction usually doesn’t cause any health problems, it can make men feel anxious, inadequate or depressed. It can also cause relationship problems.

Urology Austin doctors can help you overcome your sexual problems, but it’s up to you to let the doctor know what you are experiencing.

What are the primary causes of sexual dysfunction?

Men should understand that there are many medical conditions and medications that can cause sexual problems. Some examples are:

  • Heart disease
  • Vascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • Kidney disease
  • Liver disease
  • Neurological disorders, such as Parkinson’s or multiple sclerosis
  • Hormone problems or imbalances, such as Low T
  • Chronic alcohol and drug abuse
  • Medications, such as antidepressants or blood pressure medications

Some men have sexual problems that occur for psychological reasons.

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Worrying about sexual performance
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Past trauma

What are the primary types of male sexual dysfunction?

The three most common types of male sexual dysfunction.

Erectile dysfunction (ED)
Patients with erectile dysfunction, also called ED or impotence, are unable to get or keep an erection that would allow them to have sexual intercourse.

Inhibited sexual desire (low libido)
If you have inhibited sexual desire, or low libido, you will either have a decreased desire for sex or no desire at all.

Ejaculation disorders
When a patient is unable to ejaculate at the end of the male sexual cycle, he may have an ejaculation disorder. The most common type of ejaculation disorder is premature ejaculation. This is when you ejaculate before or right after penetration during intercourse. A less common problem is inhibited or retarded ejaculation, which means that you cannot ejaculate or achieve an orgasm with your partner.

Diagnosing male sexual dysfunction

At Urology Austin, we employ experience and expertise to diagnose your sexual problem. When you make an appointment, you can expect your doctor to take a full medical history and to conduct a physical examination. Based upon the history and examination, your doctor may order further tests or consultations with other physicians who will help treat and diagnose your problem. Urology Austin doctors work with specialists like neurologists and psychologists, as needed, to treat your male sexual dysfunction.

Treating male sexual dysfunction

Your treatment will be specifically designed for you. In general, treatment for male sexual dysfunction may include:

  • Medications
  • Hormone treatment
  • Penile implants or vacuum devices
  • Psychological therapy

Male sexual dysfunction is treatable—you simply have to talk to your doctor so he or she can begin to investigate and treat the cause of your sexual problem. If you live in Austin, Round Rock, Cedar Park or the surrounding area, you can turn to Urology Austin for help. Contact us to learn more about male sexual dysfunction and how it can be treated.