While we’ve been heard enough about the importance of our physical, mental, and emotional health, not much elaboration has been done with regards to sexual health. In fact, it’s something that doesn’t come to mind when most people think about health.
Men don’t tend to talk about sexual health as much as they talk about going to the gym and eating right. When in reality, sex is an integral part of their adult lives and deserve the spotlight every once in a while.
Because of that, there are a few common misconceptions about sexual health that men need to realize. In this article, we’ll take a look at 3 very important, yet basic things men need to know about this topic.
Erectile dysfunction is pretty common, so talk about it.
Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma around erectile dysfunction (ED) that makes men hesitant about opening up and as a result, this can put a strain on a romantic relationship. Usually, it’s not the inability to achieve an erection that harms relationships; it’s the lack of communication that leads to mistrust and assumptions.
Men, if you’re having a tough time getting it hard, remember that you’re not alone. Mild-moderate erectile dysfunction affects around 10% of men per decadal life. So, on average, 40% of men in their 40s experience ED.
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ED isn’t dangerous on its own but it can be a symptom of underlying health problems like diabetes and coronary disease. The faster you look at it as a medical problem rather than an ego crusher, the faster you can get it treated because pills and vacuum methods are only a temporary solution.
STDs can be dangerous, but most are treatable
Science has gone a long way when it comes to STD treatment. There are more than 20 types of STDs, with the most common ones being:
- Hepatitis b
The first four in the list cannot be cured but with the right treatment, the disease can still be managed so that the patient can still live normal lives and reduce the risk of viral transmission during sexual intercourse.
Most people don’t show symptoms of STDs. If you’re sexually active and don’t practice safe sex, you should get tested for STDs frequently for your own health as well as your sexual partner’s.
Your lifestyle affects your libido
Libido is basically one’s drive for sexual activity. A man’s libido is often associated with testosterone, but that’s not the only thing that goes on in the body. There are biological, environmental, and physiological factors that come into play, too.
Lifestyle factors that can hurt your sex drive are (but not limited to):
- Too little or too much exercise
- Certain medication
Obviously, the first step into restoring your sex drive is to try to work towards a healthier lifestyle. When your blood circulation improves as a result of aerobic exercises, it’s easier for blood to reach your genitals and induce sexual arousal. Sometimes, it’s not all on you. A lack of intimacy between you and your partner could also be the cause of low libido.
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