Sexual dysfunction, physical, and psychological health—Is there a link?
Sexual dysfunction in men, such as erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, and premature ejaculation, generates considerable attention. Its association with physical and psychological health is an issue which should be addressed seriously.
So, Tan Hui Meng, FRCS, of the Malaysia Medical Research & Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya and also practicing at the Sime Darby Medical Centre, Selangor, got together with his associates at the Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre and did a search of the medical literature in the electronic library, PubMed.
They found that sexual dysfunction, ie. erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, and premature ejaculation, has been shown to be associated with physical and psychological health. They also found that there is a strong correlation between sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, quality of life, and depression.
Real and Proven Association
Dr Tan et al conclude that the association between men's sexual dysfunction and physical and psychological health is real and proven and, therefore, should not be taken lightly but instead treated as a life-threatening medical problem.
Tan HM, Tong SF, Ho CCK. Men's health: Sexual dysfunction, physical, and psychological health—Is there a link? J Sex Med 2012;9:663–671.
Could not rise to the occasion?
Don’t worry, Brown University has the answer to the question you have always wanted to ask:
All men have difficulties with erections from time to time. The occasional failure to get or maintain an erection, which lasts long enough to have sex, can occur for a variety of reasons, including drinking too much alcohol or being very tired. The inability to get or maintain an erection less than 20% of the time is not unusual.
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If it is more than this, then it should be addressed seriously and treated as a life-threatening medical problem.