Five Common Types of Sexual Dysfunction in Men (and How a Doctor Can Help) – Health News Hub

By Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhD

Ask Your Health Psychologist

Nearly half of U.S. men are experiencing symptoms of sexual dysfunction, but most of them arent talking about it with a healthcare provider.

As a health psychologist for Hartford HealthCares Tallwood Mens Health Center, I work closely on a multidisciplinary medical team to provide psychological, cognitive and behavioral treatments that aim to improve peoples health, well-being and quality of life. I have expertise in biological, behavioral, and psychosocial factors of medical conditions and illness prevention.

And Ive seen just how important it is to have uncomfortable conversations out in the open with your healthcare providers.

So in this new column, Ask Your Health Psychologist, Im going to address the mens health topics that impact my patients most.

To get started, were going to talk about sexual health.

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Sexual health conditions are much more common than you think.

In the United States,

Most people are shocked to learn that these numbers are so high. In fact, studies show that people usually think theyre the only ones experiencing sexual issues. Clearly, thats not the case at all.

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Sexual issues affect both men and women. But because this column is devoted to mens health, Ill focus solely on men.

Here are some of the most common types of sexual dysfunction in men:

In future columns, Ill share more information about the above conditions.

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Our sexual response is influenced by the biology of our bodies and brains, our mental health, our social connections, and more.

Here are some of the factors that play a role in sexual function:

Thats where help from an expert comes in!

Depending on the underlying cause or causes, sexual issues can be impossible to solve on your own. But with the right care, they can be solved.

For example, if hypertension or diabetes is interfering with your sexual stimulation, youll need proper medical treatment. If depression, anxiety, chronic stress or trauma is part of the issue, a mental health professional can help. Peyronies disease, which causes painful erections and erectile dysfunction, can be treated by a urologist.

If youre not sure where to start, try your primary care medical provider. They can connect you with the care you need.

Valeria Martinez-Kaigi, PhD, MS is a clinical health psychologist at Hartford HealthCares Institute of Living and Tallwood Mens Health Center in Fairfield, CT. As a captain and military psychologist in the Connecticut Army National Guard, Dr. Martinez-Kaigi brings a unique perspective on mens health and mental health. She also has a background in journalism, and has served as editor and editor-in-chief for multiple American Psychological Association publications. The Ask Your Health Psychologist column spotlights the health issues shes seen impact men most.

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