When I was a guest on PG Hour on Yfm, we chatted about sexual dysfunctions, and we discussed a lot about what men can suffer from. We also discussed the use of Viagra and what taking one will do to you.

ED (1)Firstly, in NO WAY do I endorse popping a Viagra for fun. This prescription medication should only be taken when prescribed by a medical professional and for medical reasons. Like all medication, Viagra has side effects and black market products will have far worse ones. Taking it recreationally can actually cause erectile dysfunction!

Secondly, if you are suffering from erectile issues, it’s crucial to contact a GP, urologist or sexologist to go through a thorough assessment and evaluation. Inability to attain an erection is not always classified as a disorder, as stress, alcohol and ill health can all contribute to not being able to get it up.

 

Men suffer from similar disorders to women, as well as dyspareunia (sexual pain disorder). However, desire and arousal are seen as quite separate, and arousal and orgasm disorders manifest quite differently.

Arousal disorders:

Erectile dysfunction, also known as “impotence”, is the persistent inability to attain or to maintain an adequate erection until orgasm or the end of sexual activity. You might be hard to start with and then lose your erection half way through, or simply not be able to get hard at the start of the sexual experience. Men can always experience this when they’re alone, and therefore not be able to masturbate. When a man suffers from erectile dysfunction, Viagra can be prescribed to help the man attain erection, however this does not deal with the possible psychological element of performance anxiety or feelings of inadequacy. There are also several other medical interventions, as well as dealing psychologically with why there is a problem.

 

Orgasm disorders:

Orgasmic disorder or delayed/ inhibited ejaculation is a persistent delay in, or absence of, orgasm following normal sexual excitement and stimulation. If you were once able to orgasm and now find that it’s near impossible or is taking you far longer than usual to orgasm, then it’s best to speak to a specialist about. You might also be able to orgasm during masturbation but not during sex, so again if this is a persistent problem speak to a specialist.

A man can also get what’s called retrograde ejaculation, which is when semen is not being ejaculated out of the penis but rather back into the bladder. This can be highly problematic and if you’re worried about this then speak to your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

 

Premature ejaculation is the persistent onset of orgasm and ejaculation with minimal sexual stimulation before, on, or shortly after penetration or before the man wishes it. This sexual dysfunction can be hugely frustrating for any man, as a lot of men would rather last longer to enjoy the sexual experience with their partner. The average man will orgasm in 3-5 minutes so if you’re unable to stop yourself sooner, then you might need to chat to a specialist about it. Treatment options are highly successful, and including what’s called the ‘stop start’ or squeeze method, or even prescribing anti-depressants, which help delay ejaculation.

Experiencing erectile problems after a big night out, or not being able to orgasm every so often is not a sexual dysfunction and there is no need to panic and think that something’s wrong. If you are at all worried, contact a sexologist, your GP, or urologist to have an assessment.

For any sexual concerns, there are specialist who can help. Just like you would see an optician for your eyes, you can see a specialist for your sexual concerns.