A man's sexual health is an important part of his overall health. It can affect his self-esteem and happiness, as well as his romantic relationships and family life. Men who experience issues in bed can negatively affect their overall well-being. These problems can cause physical pain, distress, and self-consciousness or may even lead to relationship problems.
The good news is that most of these conditions are treatable — often by combining medical treatments and lifestyle changes. If you want to know how to improve sex drive through non-surgical treatments, read on as we discuss each type in detail below.
Understanding Male Sexual Dysfunctions
Male sexual dysfunction is not uncommon. Approximately 15% of men experience some form of it at some point in their lives. However, most men who experience it will go on to live normal lives without treatment. Men of all ages suffer from male sexual dysfunction, characterized by an inability to engage in or enjoy sexual activity.
Physical, psychological, or emotional factors or a combination of these factors can cause male sexual dysfunction. There are many different types of sexual dysfunction in men. The kind you experience depends on your age, the cause, and how long it has been going on. These includes:
Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
ED occurs when a man has difficulty getting or keeping an erection firm enough for intercourse. Men with erectile dysfunction may also experience reduced sensation in their penis during arousal and orgasm.
Premature Ejaculation (PE)
A man experiences PE when he ejaculates earlier than he intends during sex or masturbation. Some men with premature ejaculation will only experience this problem occasionally, while others will have it every time they engage in sexual activity.
Delayed Ejaculation (DE)
DE occurs when a man has trouble ejaculating during sex or masturbation. It can occur without other symptoms affecting his ability to get erections and/or maintain them long enough for intercourse.
Low libido falls into the category of Hypoactive Sexual Desire Disorder, characterized by a lack or absence of sexual fantasies or thoughts and the lack or absence of desire for sex and intimacy.
What Causes Sexual Problems in Men?
Male sexual dysfunctions can be caused by a wide range of factors, including:
- Physical problems (e.g., diabetes, hypertension, heart disease)
- Medications (such as antidepressants and sedatives)
- Alcoholism or drug abuse
- Erectile dysfunction due to aging
- Hormonal imbalances (low testosterone levels may be associated with low libido)
- Mental health disorders like stress, depression, or anxiety
Methods on How to Increase Sex Drive Without Surgery
Premier Health and Wellness Center offers non-invasive and non-surgical treatments that can improve sexual function and performance with better erections, orgasms, and a more satisfying sex life. Here’s an overview of each method:
PRP (Platelet-Rich Plasma)
Platelet-rich plasma therapy (PRP) is a type of regenerative medicine involving injecting platelets derived from a patient's blood into the affected area. The goal is to stimulate healing and repair at the cellular level.
Doctors use PRP in orthopedic surgery, sports medicine, and cosmetic purposes such as hair restoration and skin rejuvenation. Recently it also gained popularity as a treatment for erectile dysfunction (ED).
The concept behind PRP for sexual dysfunction is that the injection of platelets—which contain a higher concentration of growth factors than even whole blood—into the penis can stimulate tissue healing, resulting in improved erectile function and sexual satisfaction for men. Growth factors may help heal damaged tissue, including nerves and muscles in the penis, improving blood flow and leading to an erection.
PRP has been shown to positively affect several conditions that affect sexual function, apart from erectile dysfunction, such as premature ejaculation and Peyronie's disease.
BHRT (Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy)
Hormone levels decline as we age, contributing to a loss of libido and other sexual dysfunctions. Testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone are essential hormones regulating sexual function. In men, low testosterone levels lead to decreased energy, reduced muscle mass and strength, diminished libido, and erectile dysfunction.
BHRT (Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy) is a safe and effective way to restore your body's hormone levels, which may be low due to age, diet, and lifestyle. This therapy uses hormones identical to those produced naturally by the body rather than synthetic hormones that may have unwanted side effects like weight gain, mood swings, and headaches.
The first step in BHRT for men is determining what hormones are deficient. The most common symptoms of low testosterone include:
- reduced sex drive
- difficulty maintaining an erection
- lack of energy and motivation
- depression or irritability
- low bone density
The therapy replaces the body’s missing hormone with injectable formulations or patches applied to the skin daily. It can also be administered via gels or creams applied topically at home based on the doctor's recommendation.
More Ways to Increase Libido in Men
If you're experiencing low libido, there are several things you can do to increase it through lifestyle changes. Here are five ways how to increase male libido:
Exercise is a great way to increase your libido in the short term and over time. It can help with both physical and mental health, as well as improve self-esteem. Studies found that people who exercised regularly had higher levels of sexual desire than those who didn't exercise.
2. Don't smoke or drink too much alcohol
Smoking cigarettes can cause impotence and contribute to erectile dysfunction — so it's not surprising that men who smoke tend to have lower testosterone levels than those who don't smoke. Heavy drinking also lowers testosterone levels, as does binge drinking.
3. Eat plenty of fruit and vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are full of antioxidants, which help fight free radicals in the body. Antioxidants can also help boost testosterone production by reducing inflammation in the body (inflammation is unlikely to be good for your sex drive).
4. Get enough sleep
Sleep deprivation has been linked to low libido and erectile dysfunction among men. Make sure you're getting enough shuteye every night. Not only does lack of sleep affect libido negatively, but it also decreases the immune response, resulting in a greater risk for illness and infection, especially colds and flu, which can also indirectly affect libido.
5. Reduce stress
If you’re stressed out, you won’t want to perform in bed. Stress can cause a variety of problems — from fatigue to headaches — and all of them affect your libido negatively. The best way to manage stress is by exercising regularly, getting enough sleep, and learning how to relax.
Revive Your Sexual Health!
Whether you have been experiencing a sexual problem for years or are just beginning to notice a change in your sexual function, you can find help at Premier Health and Wellness Center in Bermuda. We can recommend the best treatment to help you achieve better sexual health long term.