Urology Austin

Male sexual dysfunction is common but treatable.

male sexual dysfunction

Male sexual dysfunction occurs when a man is unable, for physical or psychological reasons, to fully engage in sexual intercourse. Dysfunction problems can occur anytime during the male sexual cycle: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution.

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


What are the primary causes of sexual dysfunction?

There are many conditions that can contribute to sexual dysfunction. 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 testosterone
  • Chronic alcohol and drug abuse
  • Medications, such as antidepressants or blood pressure medications
  • Psychological factors
  • Stress and anxiety
  • Worrying about sexual performance
  • Relationship problems
  • Depression
  • Past trauma

While the above factors and medical conditions may contribute to sexual performance, they do not guarantee that men will have problems with sexual function.

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 referred to as ED or impotence, are unable to get or keep an erection that would allow them to have sexual intercourse.

Inhibited sexual desire (low libido)
When men have inhibited sexual desire, or low libido, they will 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 men  ejaculate before or right after penetration. A less common problem is inhibited or retarded ejaculation, which means that men cannot ejaculate or achieve an orgasm with their partner.

Diagnosing male sexual dysfunction

Urology Austin physicians routinely treat men experiencing sexual dysfunction. When visiting our office, the urologist will starting by taking the patient’s medical history, review their current medications, and conduct a physical examination. Based upon this information, the doctor may also order laboratory tests.

Treating male sexual dysfunction

The underlying causes of male sexual dysfunction is unique to each male patient. Treatment options will be determined based on patient feedback and medical findings. In general, treatment for male sexual dysfunction may include:

  • Medications
  • Hormone treatment
  • Treatment options for erectile dysfunction
  • Psychological therapy

If you are experiencing male sexual dysfunction issues, contact the Urology Austin nearest you to schedule an appointment with one of our highly-skilled urologists.