At Shafer Plastic Surgery, we treat a number of issues affecting sexual health in New York City. The ability to embrace and appreciate our sexuality throughout our lives is referred to as sexual health. Sexual health is a vital aspect of one’s total well-being.

Sexual dysfunction is a disorder that can occur at any stage of the sexual response cycle. It can be caused by physical difficulties and medical diseases such as heart disease and hormone abnormalities. Both men and women can suffer from sexual health issues.

Sexual dysfunction keeps you from getting pleasure from sexual activities. People who want to address sexual health issues may need both surgical and non-invasive treatments.

Who Is Most Affected by Sexual Health Problems?

Sexual health issues can affect people of any age, but they are more common in people over 40; this is because these problems are generally linked to a loss in health that comes with aging. When sexual dysfunction affects younger people, it may be the result of stress, illness, medications, or mental concerns.

What Causes Sexual Health Problems?

Sexual health issues can be caused by a variety of factors. Diabetes, heart and vascular illness, neurological disorders, hormonal levels, chronic diseases such as kidney or liver failure, and alcoholism and drug abuse are all examples of these factors. In addition, many drugs, particularly antidepressants, have adverse effects that might affect sexual performance.

Stress and anxiety, marriage or relationship troubles, body image concerns, and the impacts of previous sexual trauma can all have an impact on overall sexual health.

What Are the Symptoms of Sexual Health Problems?

Male sexual health problems include inability to establish or maintain a satisfactory erection for intercourse, absent or sluggish ejaculation despite adequate sexual stimulation, and inability to manage the time of ejaculation.

Inability to reach orgasm, insufficient vaginal lubrication prior to and during sexual intercourse, and diminished relaxation of the vaginal muscles to facilitate intercourse are all symptoms of sexual health issues in women.

In both men and women, other symptoms include a diminished interest in or desire for sex, a lack of sexual pleasure, and pain during intercourse.

How to Diagnose Sexual Health Problems

A private appointment with your doctor can aid in the diagnosis of your sexual health issue. Your doctor may be able to diagnose the problem based on your description of the issue, your age, and life circumstances. They may also perform a physical examination and conduct laboratory tests.

What Are the Treatment Options for Sexual Health Issues?

Dealing with one’s heart and vascular health is the first step in treating men’s sexual health issues. Risk factors that can be addressed or improved may be identified by your doctor. You may be asked to alter your eating habits, quit smoking, boost your workouts, or refrain from using drugs or alcohol.

Younger men with a history of severe pelvic injuries may need surgery to relieve penile artery damage. For elderly men with hardened arteries, penile vascular surgery is not indicated. Oral phosphodiesterase type-5 inhibitors, penile implants, penile injections, and testosterone therapy are all common treatments that may be recommended.

Arousal issues in women can be addressed with a vaginal cream or a sexual lubricant to prevent dryness. If you’ve reached menopause, talk to your doctor about whether you should take estrogen or use an estrogen cream. Men who suffer from arousal problems should talk with their spouses about how to enhance their arousal levels.

Hormone replacement treatment, alternative sexual positions, and vaginal lubricants are all options for women who experience pain during sex. Emptying one’s bladder before intercourse might help for both men and women. Your doctor can assist you in determining the source of your pain and the best treatment option for you.

If you’re having difficulties generating desire, try changing your usual routine. You can have sex at a different time or in a different position if you want to. Talk to your partner about your likes and dislikes. Consult your doctor about the side effects of any medications you are taking and the possibility of hormone replacement treatment.

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To learn more about treatments for sexual health, New York City patients can contact our office today to schedule a consultation with Dr. David Shafer.

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