Andropause is the gradual lowering of testosterone levels in men as they age. This condition is often referred to as “male menopause,” as it lowers fertility levels and sex drive. Andropause is dependent upon two variables: age and body fat. Symptoms of male menopause include sleeping problems, sexual difficulties, lowered bone density, reduced muscle, and depression. Even though its name seems severe, the symptoms are very similar to those contributed to the deterioration of sexual health brought on by excess weight. Furthermore, the World Health Organization does not recognize andropause as an official health condition term. This is because medical experts have yet to conclude whether to define it as a “stage” or as a “condition.” Unlike female menopause, andropause does not completely halt the ability to reproduce, but rather decreases likeliness of fertility. Additionally, only 2% of men have been diagnosed, whereas 100% of women will experience the complete standstill of fertility. Regardless, as in many sexual health situations, andropause, too, can be kept at bay by regular exercise and a healthy diet.
Sexual dysfunction refers to a problem during any point of the sexual response cycle which prevents the individual or couple from experiencing satisfaction. The sexual response cycle consists of four phases: excitement, plateau, orgasm and resolution. While sexual dysfunction is considered common among both women and men, it is a topic many are hesitant to discuss. Fortunately, sexual dysfunction is treatable in most cases. As with any health issues, those who are concerned they might be experiencing sexual dysfunction should see a doctor.
Sexual dysfunction can be of a physical or psychological nature and sometimes even both. Physical causes include: diabetes, vascular and heart disease, hormonal imbalances, neurological disorders, chronic diseases including kidney and liver failure, alcoholism and drug abuse. Some antidepressants have also been known to affect an individual’s sexual desire and function as well. Some of the psychological causes for sexual dysfunction are: work-related stress and anxiety, sexual performance anxiety, marital or relationship problems, feelings of guilt, depression, or past sexual traumas. All of these can affect a person’s ability to perform and lead to sexual dysfunction.
The most common problems that affect men sexually are ejaculation disorders, erectile dysfunction and low libido. Premature ejaculation is when men climax shortly after penetration and is the most common type of ejaculate disorder. Inhibited or retarded ejaculation is when ejaculation is abnormally slow to occur. This disorders can be caused by a lack of attraction to a sexual partner, past traumas or psychological factors. Retrograde ejaculation occurs during the orgasm cycle, when the ejaculate is forced back into the bladder rather then expelled from the urethra. Retrograde ejaculation is common amongst men with diabetes who suffer from diabetic neuropathy.
Erectile dysfunction (ED) is defined as a man’s inability to attain or sustain an erection suitable for intercourse. Many factors can contribute to the onset of ED including, but not limited to, high cholesterol, high blood pressure and diabetes. Diseases affecting blood flow, nerve disorders and psychological factors all can contribute to ED. Severe injury to the penis and anti-depressant medications can also lead to the onset of erectile dysfunction.
Low libido is a decrease in desire for, or interest in sexual activities. Reduced libido can be caused by both physical and psychological factors alike. Inhibited desire has been linked to low levels of testosterone. It can also be caused by psychological problems including depression and stress. Medical illnesses, certain medications, and relationship problems all can contribute to a loss of libido.
Boston Medical Group would like to encourage anyone who is suffering from any of these conditions to seek the medical attention of a trusted physician. These are all serious problems which require the attention of a professional.
Obesity, as we know and as you have been told, has become a major issue in the United States, to the extent that even government legislators have gotten into the act with their own ways to control it and combat it.
There are many reasons for you to take control of a weight problem. One of them is that it can accelerate the development of erectile dysfunction. Boston Medical Group wants you to know that, and also wants you to know that there is a place to turn in order to get the help you need.
The relationship between obesity and erectile dysfunction may not be a direct one, but it is not difficult to establish a connection. People who are obese can develop conditions that affect the flow of blood. For example, the possibility of diabetes is increased, as is the incidence of high blood pressure. Anyone who is obese is at more of a risk for heart disease than someone who isn’t.
If all of this is unchecked, there is a good chance that one could be afflicted with erectile dysfunction (ED), which is much more common than many people can really imagine.
So if obesity is a problem for you, understand that the problem could be compounded, very easily.
If you feel you might be at risk, don’t wait for miracles to happen. Call BMG toll-free at 1-888-740-5170. Their network of independent physicians is quite expansive, with 21 locations nationwide.
Don’t run away from your problem; attack it head-on, with the help of the people at Boston Medical Group!