Are there questions about sexual health in men that you’ve wanted to ask but were afraid of the implications? Fortunately, His Clinic has the answers.
It is a common goal amongst men to become, or at least be seen as, the epitome of masculinity and virility. But pursuing such a goal often leads men to avoid addressing their sexual health and wellbeing if they believe they fall short.
In 2019 the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reported that more than half (54%) of men aged 18–55 had experienced some sexual difficulty lasting at least three months. Such difficulties included a lack of interest in sex with their partner and erectile dysfunction.
Unfortunately, those figures do not imply a greater number of males in medical centre waiting rooms. In fact, an article in The Medical Journal of Australia stated in 2006 that there are “a number of systematic barriers that prevent men from seeking help from health services”.
Many of these barriers are sociocultural. For example, men may resist seeking advice or solutions for sexual health if they associate with masculine stereotypes like patriarchal superiority, independence, self-reliance, dominance, stoicism and suppression of emotion.
His Clinic CEO Darren Abrams says that men don’t need to feel judged or embarrassed.
“No matter how many times you reassure people that sexual issues like erectile dysfunction are not uncommon, there are still men out there who feel embarrassed to seek out help.
“We believe it is important that men who may be too self-conscious to seek out professional medical support in traditional ways have opportunities to address their concerns and be the healthiest versions of themselves.”
His Clinic is a platform which provides free, text-based consultations with real doctors, and provides the option of discreet delivery of prescribed medications through a registered Australian pharmacy.
His Clinic have provided answers to some of the most common questions men have about their sexual health.
Q. Truly, how important is the size of my penis?
The short answer is that the size of your penis is not that important. Most men are primarily concerned with the length of their penis, which has long been linked to masculinity and can be intimately tied to a man’s self-esteem. However, when it comes to sexual intercourse, “it’s not the length but how you use it” is a popular saying for a reason. The most important nerves of the vagina exist within the first two and a half centimetres; so practically all penises have the potential to provide pleasure, despite their size.
Q. What are some factors that could cause male impotence?
There are a number of things that can cause erectile dysfunction and a lot of them are medical or psychological. For example, health problems like spinal cord injury, multiple sclerosis (MS), diabetes, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease can affect your nerves and contribute to erectile dysfunction.
Impotence can also be caused by excessive substance abuse including alcohol, some medicines and smoking.
Psychologically, erectile dysfunction can be brought on by conflicts or issues within a sexual and emotional relationship, sexual performance anxiety or mental health issues like depression.
Q. Is there a period when erectile dysfunction is most common?
Erectile dysfunction does become more common as men age and can be more severe. Research shows that men aged 60 and above are more likely to experience erectile dysfunction than men aged between 20 and 50.
Q. Is erectile dysfunction treatable or not?
There are a variety of treatments available to induce and maintain erections including tablet medicines (like Viagra), external devices or penile injections.
Unfortunately, there is no single treatment that works on a consistent, universal scale. If you suffer from erectile dysfunction it is important to speak to doctor you confide in to discuss the specific elements surrounding your issue.
Have an issue with erectile dysfunction? Get discreet, professional and convenient solutions with His Clinic.
Q. I’m worried about being infertile. Are there measures I can take to prevent infertility?
Thanks to the marvels of modern medicine, there are a number of procedures that can assist with infertility. There are also a number of lifestyle changes that can reduce the likelihood of infertility which you can do at home:
- Wear comfortable or loose-fitting underwear
- Quit smoking
- Reduce alcohol consumption
- Take precautions during sex to prevent sexually transmitted infections
- Avoid taking anabolic steroids for body building or sporting purpose
Q. How do I identify low testosterone?
Here are just some of the signs of low testosterone. If you are concerned about your testosterone levels, it recommended that you consult a doctor you confine in.
- Low mood and irritability
- Lethargy or low stamina
- Reduced muscle strength
- Decreased libido
- Low semen volume
- Reduced body hair growth
- Breast development (also known as Gynecomastia)
- Hot flushes, sweats
Q. Are there any health risks to excessive self-pleasure?
There are a lot of myths out there, but no, there are no health risks to how often a person masturbates. However, it may be linked to other issues, like obsessive compulsive disorder which may need to be addressed. It is also important to pay attention to frequency or timing restrictions related to fertility procedures and medical tests.
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