J. Abram McBride, MD
Men's Health Specialist located in Colorado Springs, CO & Durango, CO
Male sexual dysfunction is a common problem that affects at least 30% of men at some point in their lifetime. That fact, however, doesn’t make it an easy issue for men to deal with, so it’s good to know that you can get the help you need from J. Abram McBride, MD, a men’s health specialist with years of experience identifying the underlying cause of sexual dysfunction who can develop the individualized treatment you need to regain a satisfying sex life. To schedule an appointment, call his office in Colorado Springs, Colorado, or use the online booking feature.
Male Sexual Dysfunction Q & A
What is male sexual dysfunction?
Sexual dysfunction includes any problem that interferes with your ability to have a satisfying sex life. The primary problems associated with male sexual dysfunction include:
- Erectile dysfunction
- Loss of libido
- Premature ejaculation
- Difficulty achieving an orgasm
The symptoms of sexual dysfunction are directly associated with the four key problems:
- Inability to have or maintain a strong erection
- Little or no desire to have sex
- Difficulty becoming aroused
- Early, delayed or no ejaculation when sexually stimulated
Some men may also experience pain during sex due to infections, skin conditions, or Peyronie’s disease.
What causes male sexual dysfunction?
The many facets of sexual function, from your libido to the ability to have an erection and satisfying intercourse, are influenced by your physical and emotional health. Male sexual dysfunction may develop due to problems such as:
- Low testosterone
- Chronic diseases
- Certain medications
- Blood vessel disorders
- Nerve damage
- Excessive alcohol use
- Relationship problems
- Depression or anxiety
- Work-related stress
After experiencing sexual dysfunction once, whether due to erection or ejaculation problems, many men become more stressed or worried, getting a type of performance anxiety that affects their ability to have sex in the future.
How is male sexual dysfunction treated?
The first step is to get to the root cause of your sexual dysfunction. To do this, Dr. McBride talks with you about your sex life and sexual history, topics that aren’t always comfortable for men to discuss, but they’re important for identifying the cause of your problem.
Your physical health is also fully evaluated, possibly, including blood tests or diagnostic imaging to identify underlying health problems that may contribute to sexual dysfunction. Then Dr. McBride develops your treatment based on the underlying cause.
Sometimes the best treatment for sexual dysfunction lies in medical care. You may need hormone replacement therapy for low testosterone or medication to improve erectile dysfunction. Dr. McBride also treats erectile dysfunction with surgery to insert penile implants.
Your treatment may begin with lifestyle changes. For example, following a healthy diet, getting regular exercise, losing weight, stopping smoking, and eliminating alcohol (or at least avoiding it before sex) can significantly improve your ability to have sex.
Dr. McBride can help you create a plan to reduce stress and anxiety in your life. Some men may need help dealing with emotional challenges in their lives.
If you experience problems with sexual function, call J. Abram McBride, MD, or schedule an appointment online to get individualized care.