Penis health is key to a man’s overall health, important well beyond the ability to get an erection, ejaculate, or have children. Much like gum or oral problems, penis problems can be symptoms of greater underlying health issues in the body. And, potentially embarrassing issues, like erectile dysfunction, can cause stress, harm relationships, and damage self worth.
Factors That Potentially Avoid Penis Health
- Hormone Levels: low testosterone has been linked to problems getting and maintaining erections.
- Obesity: linked to low testosterone.
- Heart Problems: heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes have all been shown to potential cause erectile dysfunction.
- Medication: some medications can cause penis problems. Stimulants, such as Adderall or Ritalin, narrow blood vessels and lessen blood flow, which can result in difficulty getting and maintaining erections.
- Psychological Problems: Anxiety linked to worrying about inability to get an erection can cause performance problems, as can medication prescribed to treat depression and anxiety.
- Age: The natural decline in testosterone levels leads to difficulty getting erections and other sexual dysfunctions.
Common Penis Problems And Disorders
- Ejaculating and Erections: Inability to get and maintain erections (erectile dysfunction) is likely the most well-known penis problem, but the less common priapism is just as problematic. Priapism takes place when a painful and persistent erection is present without stimulation or arousal. Other problems include: premature ejaculation, inability to ejaculate, painful, reduced, or delayed ejaculation, and retrograde ejaculation (otherwise known as “dry ejaculation”, when semen enters the bladder instead of emerging through the penis.
- Sexually Transmitted Infections: Otherwise known as STIs, these can include genital warts, gonorrhea, chlamydia, syphilis and genital herpes. Symptoms usually include painful urination or ejaculation, penis discharge, and sores or blisters on the penis, scrotum, or genital area.
- Anorgasmia: The inability to achieve orgasm even when appropriate arousal and stimulation are present. Anorgasmia can be related to medical issues, such as diabetes or medications for depression and anxiety, and it can be a psychological issue as well, if the man is anxious or worried about his ability to ejaculate during sex. Hormone levels, such as low testosterone, may also affect the ability to reach orgasm.
- Fluctuation and Changes in Libido: reduced sex-drive can be caused by several issues, including aging, depression, relationship problems, or hormone imbalance. Sharp drops in libido may reflect substance abuse or conditions affecting the brain. Men suffering from steep drop-offs in libido should see a doctor immediately.