Male Fertility : A Simple Guide
Most information available on sexual health are primarily geared towards women. However, men, particularly those who are sexually active are also at risk for sexual problems. Male fertility is seldom discussed. Whether gay or straight, sexual health is an important aspect of a man’s life and must be paid particular attention to. Threats on men’s sexual health must be prevented and diminished, not only for their safety but also for that of their partners.
Parameters of Male Sexual Health
Men’s sexual health is usually determined by several factors. These factors include the following:
* Physical Health
Men who are physically fit and healthy generally have better sexual health than men who do not look after their diet or practice regular physical activity. Weak cardiovascular constitution, underdeveloped muscles, and poor blood circulation also contribute to poor sexual health. A weak body is also more prone and susceptible to infections which can weaken a man’s resistance to sexually transmitted diseases and infections.
* Psychological Health
Contrary to popular belief, a man’s physical constitution is not the sole determinant of sexual health. Often, some sexual problems are direct effects of a man’s emotional problems. For example, it is commonly observed that physically healthy men who suffer for erectile dysfunction have a serious lack of confidence or are riddled with anxiety performance disorders.
* Social Activities
Men who are in monogamous sexual relationships are at lesser risks for sexual problems compared to men who enter polygamous relationships. Drug addiction also puts a man at a greater risk for infection especially if he uses intravenous drugs.
Risks to Men’s Sexual Health
Male fertility can be threatened by several diseases and disorders. Some of these risks include:
* Ejaculation Disorders
There are three common forms of ejaculation disorder in men. These are premature ejaculation, retarded ejaculation, and retrograde ejaculation. Premature ejaculation happens when due to an excess of sexual arousal, anxiety, or loss of control, a man ejaculates before or soon after penetration. Retarded ejaculation occurs when an ejaculation comes too slow that prevents orgasm. Retrograde ejaculation happens when the ejaculate is forced back into the bladder instead of being released at orgasm.
* Erectile Dysfunction
Another term for this disorder is impotence. This happens when a man is unable to have or sustain an erection long enough for sexual intercourse and ejaculation. As such, he is unable to introduce his semen into his partner reproductive system to induce a pregnancy. This is often caused by psychological trauma or an effect of certain medications.
* Inhibited Sexual Desire
This can be loosely translated to a loss or decrease in a man’s libido levels. Often associated with low testosterone levels, inhibited sexual desire may also be triggered by medications, psychological problems, and some illnesses like diabetes and high blood pressure.
* Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Infections
Men usually get infected with STIs and STDs following unhealthy and unprotected sexual relationships with an infected partner. Usual signs of STDs and STIs include: difficulty in urinating, bloody urine, foul penile discharge, sores, lesions, and excessive itching in the genitalia.
Immediate medical assistance must be sought when it comes to problems concerning male sexual health. Diagnosis is usually done through physical and psychological exams, as well as a thorough evaluation of medical history. Treatment usually comes in two phases: medical treatment for physical symptoms and psychological therapy for mental and social factors.
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How TCM can help with male fertility
In China, Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been employed to treat male infertility(MI) for more than 2000 years, which has influenced the opinions of people in surrounding areas and has made it increasingly appealing to people with infertility. Holism and treatments based on syndrome differentiation are the essence and the basic characteristics of TCM, and utilizing this theory for treating MI yields satisfactory results.
However, the theory of TCM is abstract, and the therapeutic mechanism of TCM is obscure, which has impeded its popularization and aroused skepticism among Western scientists regarding its potency.
In the theory of TCM, the kidney stores an individual’s essence and governs growth, development, and reproduction. TCM regards the kidney as the prenatal source of life; therefore, the fundamental pathogenesis of MI is kidney deficiency, and supplementing the kidney is recognized as the essential therapy for MI. The hypothalamic-pituitary-testicular (H-P-T) axis is a major positive- and negative-endocrine feedback system that regulates testis function. Hormone levels that are either too high or too low are detrimental to spermatogenesis.
Modern research has demonstrated that kidney deficiency often manifests with the dysfunction and impaired structure of the H-P-T axis. Experiments have shown that kidney-supplementing formulas could repair the structure and restore the function of the H-P-T axis , bidirectionally regulate the hormone levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and luteinizing hormone (LH), and eventually increase the level of testosterone (T) to improve the quality of semen.
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