For many men, discussing sexual health problems related to “performance” can prove to be quite difficult, due in large part to a fear of embarrassment or inadequacy. That being said, numerous advancements have been made in the field of male sexual health, allowing many men who may be experiencing adverse sexual health conditions to find the treatment they need.
What Is Sexual Performance?
Although the topic of “sexual performance” can encompass a variety of issues, a number of specific conditions may be the cause of this particular sexual health situation. If a reduction in performance is occurring as a result of physical problems related to the ability to sustain an erection, it’s possible that the individual in question may be displaying signs of erectile dysfunction, also referred to as impotency. Erectile dysfunction can occur as a result of numerous physiological conditions and psychological conditions. For many men, the inability to maintain an erection during sex is a result of increased external stress, either in the workplace or home.
How Can Stress Affect Sexual Performance?
Stress can quickly influence the body’s hormonal balance, which, in turn, can lead to a reduced ability to achieve an erection. Fortunately, the negative influence of stress on the body can be counteracted through simple lifestyle changes, such as allowing for more “down time” during breaks or weekends, as well as enlisting the help of a professional counselor. As stress levels reduce, men will most likely see the effect of impotency diminish. Men experiencing erectile dysfunction as a result of decreased or impaired blood flow to the penile regions can use one of several pharmaceutical or mechanical products to increase the likelihood of sustaining an erection. Common non-medicinal products include vacuum pumps and penis rings, both of which are designed to ensure that blood remains in the penis during sexual activity.
What Are Common Examples Of Sexual Performance Problems?
Impaired sexual performance can also occur as a result of one of several orgasm or ejaculation disorders. Although intercourse can occur without orgasm and subsequent ejaculation, the early or delayed onset of orgasms may make sexual unsatisfying or painful. Premature ejaculation is a medical condition that affects a surprising number of men in the United States each year.
What Is Premature Ejaculation?
Men experiencing the physical symptoms of premature ejaculation will find it incredibly difficult to engage in intercourse for a substantive amount of time before climaxing. This can also lead to increased feelings of inadequacy or emotional stress, both of which are also proven to affect sexual performance.
What Is Delayed Ejaculation?
Delayed ejaculation is commonly defined as the ability to achieve sexual climax within a “standard” amount of time, typically between 5 to 40 minutes. This condition can affect both partners in a sexual relationship and can become a barrier to future intimacy unless properly addressed. Fortunately, both of these conditions can be treated through a variety of non-invasive measures, including sex therapy. Sex therapy has become a popular treatment method for a variety of sexual performance issues.
How Is Desire Linked To Sexual Performance?
A man’s desire for sexual intercourse can also directly affect his ability to perform. Although sexual desire is often assumed to be present in the majority of men and women, this particular element of the human physiology is controlled by a series of complex hormonal interactions in the body. In men, sexual desire is often linked directly with current testosterone levels. As low testosterone levels, a man’s desire for sexual intimacy will often reduce as well. Although testosterone levels and, consequently, sexual performance, should naturally diminish as one ages, abnormal or premature reductions in sexual desire could be the result of a hormonal imbalance. Thanks to recent advancements in hormone therapy, men can quickly restore to their hormonal balance and return to previous levels of sexual performance. Hormone therapy should not be considered an “extreme” treatment method. Currently, several testosterone replacement products are available with prescriptions from general practitioners and can be used in a discreet and safe fashion. That being said, it is important to discuss hormone therapy with a medical professional before embarking upon the path to treatment in order to ensure that no underlying physical or medical conditions exist that may affect the overall health of the individual in question.
How to Discuss Performance Problems with a Partner
Although by no means a quantifiable factor of sexual performance, trust and communication with sexual partners plays a significant role in a man’s ability to engage in healthy and rewarding sex. Confronting any perceived “issues” with a partner may help remove any negative associations with sexual intercourse, therefore eliminating the likelihood of developing increased tension or stress during the act. For those who may find it difficult to discuss their feelings with their partner, enlisting the help of a certified sex therapist can be a positive and beneficial step in the right direction towards developing a more trusting bond with a sex partner and increasing sexual performance naturally. An increase in sexual performance is, at times, directly linked with an increase in interpersonal communication.