Male Sexual Health and Libido Problems, and Treatment by Drugs and Natural Therapies

The aim of this article is to show to men (and women) that there are answers to sexual health and libido problems. Causes will be touched upon, and treatments by drugs and natural therapies will be described.

This will give the reader more knowledge to enable them to make more objective decisions regarding their own treatment.

Causes Of Male Erectile Dysfunction

There can be many causes of erectile dysfunction. High blood pressure, diabetes, circulatory problems can all affect sexual health. Many prescription drugs can cause a low libido. Side-effects should be discussed with a Doctor.

Psychological problems including stress, depression, anxiety can affect libido and can can be helped through therapy.

Physiological causes of erectile dysfunction can include injury and (commonly) low sex hormone testosterone.

Male and female sex drive usually decreases with age. However, there is no reason why an aging person should not enjoy a fulfilling sex life.

Drug Treatment

Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): oral testosterone, testosterone patch. Function is to increase testosterone levels in men. Side-effects can include behavioural changes and stimulation of ‘pre-existing’ prostate cancer.

Sildenafil (viagra): Function is to increase blood flow to the penis. Side-effects can include stomach pain, headache, negative interactions with other prescribed drugs, color blindness.

Natural Therapies For Male Sexual Health and Libido Problems

Ginseng: Panax ginseng is thought in Chinese herbal medicine to increase the sperm count and strengthen the genitals.

Oats: Avena sativa is said to enable men to become ‘friskier’ and feel enhanced libido.

Ginkgo: Ginkgo biloba helps to increase blood flow to the penis.

Niacin: Nicotonic acid is a B-vitamin and helps the ‘flushing’ of blood.

Zinc: is found in abundance in shellfish. Zinc is essential for male sexual health.

Stinging Nettle: Urtica dioica can be used to treat ‘benign prostatic hyperplasia’ which can be a cause of erectile dysfunction.

Boron Citrate: can enhance the testosterone levels in men. Low testosterone has been shown to be one cause of erectile dysfunction.

Barrenwort: Epimedium grandiflorum has been used for thousands of years in Chinese medicine to increase male sexual drive.

It can be seen that there are many causes and many treatment options for male sexual health and libido problems.

The reader should now possess more knowledge to be able to make objective decisions regarding their own treatment.