Sexual desires and activity aren’t static. They change throughout life for lots of reasons, such as having children, coming to terms with sexual orientation, or physical or mental illness. Growing older can also have an effect on sex, but it’s important to realize that this is normal.
Talking about sexual health contributes its own dynamics for a person and within a relationship. Men tend to not be comfortable discussing their sexual health. They may joke around with it when they are around their male friends, but are they really asking the right questions or expressing their experiences to make their friends provide support or guidance? Very rarely. Add to that the personal relationship with a partner. In a perfect world partners would speak openly about their want, desires, likes, and dislikes. But that doesn’t always happen either. (source)
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The following information was provided by the Men's Health Library
The most widely-accepted definition of erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability of a man to get or maintain an erection sufficient for his sexual needs or the needs of his partner. ED is incredibly common – most men have it briefly at some point in their lives. But for as many as 30 million men in the United States, ED is a chronic condition.
Although ED becomes more common with age, men of any age can suffer from it. Sadly, they generally refuse to discuss it with either their partners or their health care providers. As a result, men feel embarrassed and women often feel that the man in their life doesn’t find them attractive. So if you want to make love and your husband says he has a headache, pay attention: it might be something far more serious.
About 70 percent of the time, ED is caused by an underlying health problem, most often diabetes (as many as half of all men with diabetes suffer from ED). ED may also be caused by kidney disease, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and drug or alcohol abuse. The remaining 30 percent of cases are caused by stress, anxiety, depression, or sometimes the medications used to treat those conditions.
In most cases, whether ED is caused by a physical or psychological problem, it’s treatable, which means that it doesn’t have to be a natural or inevitable part of growing older. Treatments include drug therapy, penile implants, vacuum devices that manually create erection, injections, or other alternatives. Your loved one should talk to his health care provider to determine the most appropriate treatment.
Testosterone is the most important hormone for the normal growth and development of male sex and reproductive organs. It’s responsible for the development of male characteristics such as body and facial hair, muscle growth and strength, and deep voice. Normal levels influence sexual function and pro-duction of sperm, and promote a healthy sex drive.
Men’s testosterone levels naturally decrease as they age. But if the levels drop below the normal range – whether be-cause of age, injury to the testicles, pituitary gland or hypo-thalamus, or a genetic disorder – some uncomfortable and often distressing symptoms may develop, including:
*Diminished interest in sex
*Regression of secondary sexual characteristics, such as facial hair and deepening of the voice
*Impotence or erectile dysfunction
As many as six million men may suffer from testosterone deficiency, often associated with a condition called hypo-gonadism, but only five percent are being treated. Left un-checked for too long, this condition is linked with significant, long-term health problems, such as loss of muscle mass and even osteoporosis. Fortunately, though, testosterone deficien-cy is usually very treatable.
Treatment can take the form of testosterone replacement therapy, which helps provide and maintain normal levels of tes-tosterone. Men should ask their health care providers whether testosterone replacement therapy is appropriate for them.
The prostate is a walnut-sized gland that manufactures fluid for semen. It’s located just in front of the rectum, an area of the body that men are often embarrassed to talk about.
Prostatitis is a significant health concern for men. While the causes of prostatitis are not well-understood, it is believed that the condition may be caused by a bacterial infection or an inflammatory autoimmune response similar to that seen with allergies and asthma. Symptoms may include a discharge, dis-comfort, pain in the prostate or testicles, or frequent urina-tion. A physician should be consulted for the proper treatment.
The prostate naturally enlarges as men age. Early effects of this growth (called BPH for benign prostatic hyperplasia) include painful urination or difficulty starting or stopping the stream of urine. Left untreated, BPH can lead to more serious problems, such as urinary tract infections, bladder and kidney damage, kidney stones, or incontinence. As symptoms of BPH may be a signal of prostate cancer, men should consult their physician to discuss diagnosis and treatment.
Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Ev-ery year, over 230,000 men are diagnosed with this disease, and approximately 30,000 die. But if caught early, through ei-ther a digital rectal exam (DRE) or a prostate-specific antigen (PSA) blood test, this disease is often treatable.
In the early stages, prostate cancer usually causes no symp-toms. However, as the disease develops, so do the red flags. Men should notify a health care provider immediately if they notice any of the following:
*Hip or back pain
*Painful or burning urination
*Blood in the urine
Every man should consider a baseline prostate-specific an-tigen (PSA) and DRE at age 40. He should know his number so that he can compare it with his PSA number at his next check-up. Additionally, African Americans, men with a family histo-ry of prostate cancer, and men exposed to Agent Orange should consult with their health care provider about yearly PSA tests and DRE exams beginning at age 40.
Treatment options for prostate cancer generally in-clude removal of the prostate (prostatectomy), radiation, hormone therapy, immunotherapy, or cryosurgery. Men with localized, low-risk prostate cancer might choose ac-tive surveillance, closely monitoring the cancer to see if it progresses or becomes aggressive, to determine if treat-ment is needed. Options and the possible side effects of treatment should be discussed with a urologist or other specialist.
Cancer of the testicle is the most common cancer in men ages 15 to 35. Although it can’t be prevented, thanks to im-proved treatments and diagnostics, testicular cancer, like prostate cancer, has a very high cure rate if caught early. Early detection is a key to success. Symptoms include:
*Lumps or enlargement of either testicle
*A feeling of pulling or unusual weight in the scrotum
*Pain or discomfort in the testicle or scrotum
*Dull ache in the lower abdomen
*Enlargement or tenderness of the breasts
The best way to spot testicular cancer is by doing a self-examination. Unfortunately, too few boys and young men know that they should examine their testicles monthly, even fewer know how to do these exams, and too many feel uncomfortable touching themselves “down there.” So ask your loved one whether he knows how to do a testicular exam. If he doesn’t, encourage him to speak to his health care provider about the proper way to do one.
You may also visit the Men’s Health Library (see “Helpful websites” section of this brochure) and download the tes-ticular cancer brochure, which illustrates the self-exam method.
In general, men have poorer health habits and a shorter life expectancy than women.
This may be because they are more likely to engage in unhealthy behavior, and are less likely than women to adopt preventive health measures. But men’s health issues don’t affect only men – they have a significant impact on their family and friends, too. The conditions we’ll be talking about in this brochure can influence everything from sexual and marital relations to quality and length of life. Unfortu-nately, a lot of these issues – particularly the ones having to do with sex or masculinity – are very hard for men to talk about.
Here’s where you come in...
By encouraging the men in your life to take even the smallest symptoms seriously and discuss them with their health care providers, you’ll be helping them take a more active role in their own health care. And by educating yourself about sensitive men’s health issues and passing that information on to your loved ones, you may also be able to save a life.
Are you paying attention Professor?