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Common Sexual Complaints


Men's Sexual Stumbling Blocks
Impotence and premature ejaculation are two sexual stumbling blocks for men.
Impotence and premature ejaculation are two sexual stumbling blocks for men.
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Bob Dole and Mike Ditka are among the men who have admitted in recent years that their penis didn't always want to play. Many men — the rich and famous among them — have had to overcome sexual dysfunction. These are two of the most common kinds:

  • Impotence: Referred to more often today as "erectile dysfunction," or ED, this problem exists when a man can't get a satisfactory erection — he might never be able to get one, or the erection isn't stiff enough or doesn't last long enough to let him see sex through. A urologist may be able to diagnose a physiological problem, such as a medicine a man's taking that makes it hard to get hard. And sometimes, lifestyle factors are to blame — a man might be overwhelmed with stress at home or work, for example, or it could be he's simply bored in the bedroom. Making stress-relieving changes, or changing sexual positions, might be all it takes in that case. In other cases, Viagra or the new ED drug Levitra might be just what the doctor ordered.
  • Premature Ejaculation: When a man's orgasm occurs too soon, the mistimed ejaculation can leave him (and his partner) frustrated. If he's tried the old thinking-about-baseball trick and still couldn't wait to ejaculate, it might be time to consider seeing a sex therapist. Their delay tactics have taught many a man the "penis patience" needed to please a woman.