Male Sexual Dysfunction

There’s no need to suffer in silence anymore. Nearly 1 in 5 American men over age 18 experience some form of sexual dysfunction, ranging from loss of interest in sex, to the inability to attain or maintain an erection, to premature ejaculation and finally, difficulty reaching climax and orgasm.

The condition is caused by physiological or psychological problems – or both – and typically does not go away on its own. The good news is its highly treatable and here at Cooper University Hospital, patients have access to leading experts in the field of urology and the latest treatment options.

As the most common health problem facing men today, male sexual dysfunction can be caused by one or more of the following:

  • Low testosterone levels (hypogonadism)
  • Enlarged prostate (commonly referred to as “BPH” or benign prostatic hyperplasia)
  • Lower urinary tract symptoms
  • Hypertension
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries)
  • Kidney disease
  • Nerve damage caused by stroke, surgery or injury
  • Diabetes Types 1 and 2
  • Physical abnormalities
  • Depression and anxiety disorders
  • Prescription medications, such as antidepressants and blood pressure medications
  • Lifestyle can also be a major factor.
  • Obesity, a sedentary lifestyle and the use of alcohol, tobacco or illegal drugs can all impact the functioning of the male sexual organs.

The key is for men to talk to their doctors openly and honestly. Cooper’s urologists make sure all potential causes are explored before identifying a personalized treatment plan based on each patient’s individual needs.