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Understanding Male Sexual Problems -- Symptoms

What Are the Symptoms of Sexual Problems in Men?

The symptoms of sexual problems in men include:

  • Lack of sexual desire, sexual fantasies, or interest in sexual contact
  • Inability to have or maintain any erection
  • Inability to have or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual functioning
  • Inability to reach an orgasm despite adequate sexual stimulation and signs of arousal
  • Ability to achieve orgasm only after an unusually lengthy period of stimulation
  • Ability to achieve orgasm only during masturbation or during oral sex
  • Ability to achieve orgasm only in situations that are considered bizarre or taboo, such as fetishes
  • Difficulty controlling the timing of orgasm and ejaculation, so that it occurs very early in sexual contact, leaving the other partner dissatisfied
  • Lack of ejaculation
  • Persistent erection unassociated with sexual desire
  • Bloody ejaculation (This can be frightening but is usually not serious.)

 

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Call Your Doctor Immediately or Go to an Emergency Room If:

You have an extended or painful erection, unrelated to sexual desire, lasting more than a few hours.

Call Your Doctor About Sexual Problems If:

  • You or your partner are experiencing significant distress due to sexual dysfunction
  • Erections or intercourse are painful
  • You lack any desire for sexual contact
  • You are unable to have or maintain a usable erection
  • You are unable to have an orgasm
  • You are unable to control the timing of your orgasm, so that you ejaculate extremely early during sexual activity

 

WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Lisa B. Bernstein, MD on March 18, 2015

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