Male Sexual Disorders


Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

Erectile Dysfunction is the impairment of the erectile reflex that causes the male's inability in having or maintaining an erection.

Like other dysfunctions, erectile dysfunction can be either life long or acquired, situational or generalized.

Life long ED is when a male has never had an erection.

Acquired ED is when a male has had an erection in the past but no longer is able to have or maintain an erection either in certain situations or at all. As a situational dysfunction, ED is very common, almost universal.

At some time in a man's life, he will not be able to have an erection even though he is being sufficiently stimulated.

In its situational form, there is a variety of ways it occurs. For some men they are unable to have an erection during foreplay, while others have difficulty only attempting intercourse. Still other men only have difficulty with specific partners but no dysfunction with other partners. Viagra and Cialis are the leading medications for this type of sexual dysfunction.

Male Orgasmic Disorder

This is an involuntary inhibition of the male orgasmic reflex. As with the other dysfunctions, the male can experience either life long or acquired, situational or generalized Male Orgasmic Disorder.

What constitutes a life long dysfunction is controversial. It usually constitutes never having been able to ejaculate in the vagina or a life long ejaculatory inhibition which refers to men who have never been able to experience intravaginal ejaculation.

Premature Ejaculation

This is the third type of male sexual dysfunction. It is unclear what exactly constitutes premature ejaculation. Usually a male is considered to ejaculate prematurely if his partner wasn't orgasmic in at least 50 percent of their sexual episodes or ejaculation occurred if the male did not have voluntary control over when he ejaculated.

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