Sexual health

Sexual health is a source of concern for many men. Yet some men are not comfortable talking to their doctors about sex. Others wrongly think that sexual problems are a normal part of aging. But treatment can help with many sexual health issues. No matter what your age, talk to your doctor if you have:

  • Problems getting an erection
  • Problems keeping an erection
  • Less interest in sex
  • Other problems that keep you or your partner from enjoying sex

In this section you can learn about erection problems and other sexual problems. You can also learn about male infertility, sexually transmitted infections and prostate health. Remember that problems with sexual health are medical problems, and your doctor can help.

Sexual problems are not unusual among men. Many men have problems getting or keeping an erection. Some men have problems with ejaculation. The good news is that treatment often can help sexual problems.

Click on the headings below to learn more about common sexual problems:

Prostate health

The prostate is a gland. It helps make semen, the fluid that contains sperm. It surrounds the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder out through the penis. A young man's prostate is about the size of a walnut. It slowly grows larger with age. If it gets too large, it can cause problems. The older men get, the more likely they are to have prostate problems.

The three most common prostate problems are prostatitis (pross-tuh-TYT-uhss), prostate enlargement, and prostate cancer. Although most prostate problems are not cancer, prostate cancer affects many men. Talking to your doctor about prostate problems and whether screening is the right choice for you will protect your prostate health and overall health.

Click on the headings below to read about common prostate problems:

Content courtesy of the Office on Women's Health in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The original content can be found at http://womenshealth.gov/mens/sexual/.

Revised: June 6, 2011

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