Male Sexual Dysfunction - Overview

What is Male Sexual Dysfunction?

Male sexual dysfunction refers to any difficulty/problem with the normal sexual function in a man which prevents him (or the couple) from experiencing sexual satisfaction. Amongst males, the prevalence of sexual dysfunction ranges from 10% to 50% (average 30%).


The problem can be associated with any of the three major components of male sexual function namely libido, erection and ejaculation:

Libido: The sexual urge/desire may be reduced or absent altogether. This can present as lack of interest in sex, absent/reduced sexual thoughts, and poor response to erotic stimuli.

Erection: A problem in getting an erection or maintaining it sufficiently for sexual intercourse (at least 25% of times) is termed as erectile dysfunction (impotence). An occasional inability to maintain an erection is common and is a normal phenomenon. However, if this tends to persist, treatment must be sought. There can be many causes for erectile dysfunction (impotence) and it needs careful evaluation. Click here to read more.

Ejaculation and orgasm: Problems with ejaculation include premature ejaculation (which occurs sooner than desired by the man or his partner), retarded / inhibited ejaculation (when ejaculation is slow to occur) or retrograde ejaculation (wherein the semen is ejaculated backwards into the urinary bladder).


Some major components of Male Sexual Dysfunction:

Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)

Erectile dysfunction (impotence) can be described as a problem in getting an erection or maintaining it sufficiently for sexual intercourse at least 25% of times. It is normal to face problems with erection occasionally but if this persists, it calls for prompt treatment.

It tends to become common as a man ages; however this is caused due to other health problems that creep up with advancing age and not due to the age itself. Sometimes, erectile dysfunction (impotence) may well be an indication of some other underlying health problem such as clogged blood vessels or nerve damage due to diabetes.

Enumerated here are some of the common causes of erectile dysfunction (impotence):

  • > Cardiac disease,High blood pressure (BP),Diabetes,Obesity,Alcoholism,Smoking,etc.

  • > Atherosclerosis (clogging of blood vessels due to cholesterol deposits)

  • > Low testosterone levels (for e.g. due to hypogonadism)

  • > Peyronie's disease (scar tissue in the penis)

  • > Surgery for treating bladder, rectal, prostate diseases or surgery on the spine can damage the nerves that        control erection and thus lead to erectile dysfunction

  • > Stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, poor communication with partner can be major causes


    Premature Ejaculation

    The incidence of ejaculation disorders in men stands at around 30% globally and males below 40 years of age are mostly affected.

    Ejaculation disorders can be classified as follows:

    Inhibited or retarded ejaculation: When ejaculation is slow to occur or delayed, it's termed as inhibited / retarded ejaculation. Psychological factors play an important role in retarded ejaculation.

    Retrograde ejaculation: When the ejaculate goes backwards into the urinary bladder instead of being expelled out through the outer end of the penis, it's termed as retrograde ejaculation. Surgery on the bladder neck or prostate, diabetes, etc. can be the cause for this.

    Premature ejaculation: This is the commonest of ejaculation disorders and refers to ejaculation that occurs before or soon after penetration. There is nothing like a time-limit to classify the time of ejaculation as this may vary from case to case. However, if ejaculation occurs before the person (or his partner) wishes i.e. prematurely, it may leave the couple feeling dissatisfied. This may occur before vaginal penetration or at a point just after penetration. Premature ejaculation tends to be common in young males due to hyperexcitability and often due to excess stimulation. It generally improves with the adoption of certain corrective measures combined with the right kind of treatment.


    Listed here are some of the causes of premature ejaculation:

  • > Concern / anxiety about sexual performance.

  • > Marital discord, lack of attraction for the partner.

  • > Depression,Guilt,Stress.etc.

  • > Fixed mindset that believes sex is sinful.

  • > Past sexual trauma.


    Homeopathic Treatment

    Healing safely, gently and surely!

    Homeopathy can provide significant relief to patients suffering from male sexual dysfunction. The medicines target the underlying cause of the dysfunction and provide effective relief from the same. At Dr. Sameer's, we have been treating patients with erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation and other male sexual dysfunctions for 35 years now and have had good response in most cases.

    Homeopathy works especially well in those cases where the cause of sexual dysfunction is psychological such as depression, stress or anxiety of performance. In cases where nerve damage (due to surgical causes) has resulted in erectile dysfunction (impotence) or ejaculation problems, Homeopathy can help to improve the nerve functions over a period of time. Dysfunction resulting from surgical causes (such as Peyronie's disease) may not respond too well to treatment. As far as drug-induced causes are concerned, the physician may suggest alternative medications that may not have an adverse effect on the person's sexual functions. Lastly, constitutional homeopathic treatment can also help in tackling systemic causes of sexual dysfunction such as obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, hormonal problems, etc.

    Conventional treatment of erectile dysfunction includes drugs like Sildenafil Citrate (famous by the brand name Viagra), Vacuum Constriction Device, Penile Injection Therapy and surgery. Too much attention has been drawn to Viagra by the media notwithstanding the potentially dangerous side-effects of this drug. Viagra enables erection (in the presence of sexual stimulation) within an hour of administration but can lead to some serious side-effects such as impaired vision, hypotension, stroke, increased intraocular pressure, mental confusion, dizziness, headaches and sudden hearing loss. It can be very dangerous especially for men who are suffering from cardiovascular diseases. The conventional medication for premature ejaculation such as selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs), desensitizing creams, etc. also tend to provide only temporary relief but not lasting solution.

    Homeopathy, on the other hand, effectively deals with the root cause of the disorder and provides lasting solutions. In addition, certain changes in the lifestyle can go a step further and relieve the patient of his problems successfully without opting for any make-shift treatment. It is strongly suggested that patients suffering from erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation or other sexual dysfunctions seek homeopathy early on to experience the benefits of this science to the fullest.