10 Factors that affect your sexual performance (For men)

There are several factors that can affect your sexual performance. I know that the need for men to satisfy their woman during sex is a never ending source of concern for majority if not all men. Do you know that there are some things that could be affecting your game that are within your control?

Parts of a Penis

  • Glans: the head, which is covered by the foreskin. In circumcised men the foreskin is surgically removed.
  • Corpus cavernosum: two columns of tissue along the sides of the penis. Erection happens when blood fills this tissue.
  • Corpus spongiosum: a sponge-like tissue that runs along the front of the penis and ends at the glans. It fills with blood during an erection.
  • Urethra: a tube that runs from the bladder through the corpus spongiosum. It conducts urine outside the body.

Erection starts with sensory and mental stimulation, when you are sexually aroused impulses from the brain and the nerves around your penis causes the muscles to relax and blood to flow in. The pressure of the blood flow causes the penis to expand resulting to an erection.

Ejaculation is triggered when sexual acts reaches a level of excitement. The stimulation and friction sends impulses to the spinal cord and brain.

During sex, the vas deferens (a tube that transports semen) squeezes semen from the testes towards the base of the penis. When you reach climax the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) signals the muscles at the base of your penis to contract and release the semen.

You cannot control when the testes releases the semen to the vas deferens. You can only control when you climax. This determines how long you can last during sex.

Four Major types of sex problems in men

  1. Erectile Dysfunction: when a man is not able to keep an erection strong enough for sex.
  2. Premature Ejaculation: when a man ejaculates sooner than he or his partner would like.
  3. Delayed or inhibited ejaculation: reaching orgasm too slowly or not at all.
  4. Low libido: reduced interest in sex.

Factors that can affect your sexual performance

  1. Heart problems: anything that affects your heart and circulation of blood will definitely affect your penis and its performance.
  2. Diabetes: this can damage major blood vessels especially if you have trouble controlling your sugar level. It can damage the blood supply to your penis and can lead to erectile dysfunction.
  3. Alcohol Intake: too much of alcohol can reduce your testosterone levels (the male hormone) which will affect your performance.
  4. Smoking: smoking tobacco can cause erectile dysfunction and can also cause other heart issues that would result to erectile dysfunction.
  5. Stress: your emotions and state of mind can definitely affect your performance in bed, sometimes sex is the last thing on your mind and there is nothing wrong with it.
  6. Mental Health problems: especially depression can make a ma have loss of libido, as the brain finds it harder to create an erection. Trauma from sexual abuse can also cause reduced sex drive. Know more about mental health.
  7. Medications: some medications can cause a drop in testosterone and cause erectile dysfunction. For example some hypertension drugs, antidepressants, ulcer drugs, etc. can cause a change in sex drive and performance.
  8. Cancer: cancer and treatment can cause a change in desires, ejaculation and even erection.
  9. Spinal cord injury or Multiple Sclerosis: anything that affects the spinal cord can affect your ability to be aroused or reach orgasms.
  10. Hormonal imbalance: a reduction in testosterone level and increase in oxytocin can cause low sperm count, erectile dysfunction, reduced sex drive, etc.

Before resorting to drugs to enhance your sexual performance it is important for you to know what is causing the problem. The cause and solution of someone else’s problem may not be applicable to you. The herbs or drugs your friend used, or the one you saw online may not be right for you.  It can be difficult to get men open up about their problems (even health problems) which is one of the top reasons why there is high rate of deaths in men.

I would advise you to visit your urologist once in a while to make sure your  is in top shape. You can use the CONSULT A DOCTOR platform if you need help locating one. Do not use any drug that is not prescribed to you by a professional. Also make sure that you disclose all the medications you are currently on to avoid adverse drug reaction. Getting help early can help you be in control of your body.


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