Male sexual health is considered an important aspect for healthy males and yet, when experiencing problems, it is often the last area of health that Men will access support. Whether this avoidance is related to fear, embarrassment, fears of breaches of confidentiality, Discrimination, or Stigma, Male Sexual Health (Sexology) can be greatly influenced by both the physical and mental health of the individual.
Sexual health plays a crucial role for establishing and maintaining a healthy and satisfactory relationship. Various factors may affect the sexual functioning of an individual. These factors include:
Consumption of excessive alcohol, smoking or other drug use,
Underlying disease conditions (peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, multiple sclerosis, spinal injury, spinal or brain surgery and genital abnormality. Learning to manage these underlying factors helps to maintain a balanced and optimal sexual life.
Sex is considered to be an integral part of a healthy life for emotional growth in a relationship. However, sexual health problems or issues are common in males and can induce psychological stress and relationship distress among couples.
The most common male sexual problems include erectile dysfunction, delayed ejaculation, premature ejaculation, performance anxiety, low libido, and low sexual desire. These problems can affect the happiness, confidence, and self-esteem and relationship satisfaction of the male partner.
The World Health Organization (2002) describes Sexual health as a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being related to sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity. Sexual health requires a positive and respectful approach to sexuality and sexual relationships, as well as the possibility of having pleasurable and safe sexual experiences, free of coercion, discrimination and violence. For sexual health to be attained and maintained, the sexual rights of all persons must be respected, protected and fulfilled.
Dave Wells Sexology provides a safe, confidential and respecting service for Men to discuss the sexual health concerns and gain support to achieve optimal sexual health and confidence.