Sex can be fun, exciting, and a time of intimate sharing. However, it can also be a time of anxiety and vulnerability, especially when there is a sexual problem.
Sexual problems belong to the group of conditions known as psychosomatic disorders, in which the body expresses the distress via a symptom, such as low libido. Symptoms can be the result of physical (somatic) and/or psychological/relationship factors.
All psychosexual problems can be “primary”, meaning that the problem has been there since the start of sexual experience, or “secondary”, when there was a period of normal functioning before the problem began.
The most common male sexual problems are:
Other problems include:
- Peyronie’s disease
- low libido
- ejaculation problems including retrograde, delayed and painful ejaculation.
Note that diagnosis of sexual problems tends to focus only on performance, not pleasure. Whilst many people have occasional problems, if they persist, treatment can also help restore confidence and intimacy.