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Understanding Male Sexual Problems -- Symptoms

Medically Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on April 21, 2021

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 penetration
  • 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.)
  • Sex addiction which put you in unsafe or illegal situations for sex.

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 two hours.

Call Your Doctor to Discuss 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
  • You have an inability to get your mind off of sex at inappropriate times.
WebMD Medical Reference

Sources

SOURCES: 

WebMD Medical Reference: "Your Guide to Sexual Health." 

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists. 

American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy.

UpToDate.

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