Some form of sexual dysfunction affects half of all men over age 50. Fortunately, many treatment options are available that can help men have a satisfying sex life and overcome issues affecting their fertility and well-being.
The Center for Sexual Function, affiliated with Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, has helped adult men of all ages improve their sex life and their health. Some of the common sexual dysfunction conditions treated at Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function include:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED). ED is the inability to achieve or keep an erection in order to have satisfying sexual intercourse. Also called impotence, erectile dysfunction is the most common sex problem for men.
- Ejaculation problems. Ejaculation difficulties can include premature ejaculation, slow ejaculation, inability to ejaculate, or retrograde (backward) ejaculation.
- Reduced libido. Reduced libido is also known as decreased sexual desire, low sex drive or low sexual arousal.
- Low testosterone. Also called male hypogonadism, low testosterone is a condition in which a man’s body does not produce enough of the hormone testosterone, which can affect his sex drive.
- Klinefelter syndrome. This genetic condition affects the physical development of men, including maturation of the testicles, and often is not diagnosed until adulthood.
- Peyronie’s disease (curvature of the penis). Men with this condition develop scar tissue inside the penis that causes a curved penis and painful erections.
Lahey’s Center for Sexual Function also treats:
- Gynecomastia (enlarged breasts in men). An imbalance of hormones can cause swelling of breast tissue in men.
- Hyperprolactinemia (elevated prolactin levels). A rise in a man’s prolactin level can cause breast milk production and can lower testosterone levels.
- Male infertility. Infertility in men is the inability to father a child (impregnate a woman).
- Congenital adrenal hyperplasia. This genetic condition, in which the body’s adrenal glands do not make correct amounts of certain hormones, can affect both men and women and can cause infertility.
Lahey’s Sexual Medicine Program
The experts at the Center for Sexual Function work closely with colleagues at the Sexual Medicine Program at Lahey Hospital & Medical Center’s Institute for Urology, which is dedicated to the comprehensive evaluation and treatment of men with certain sexual function disorders.
The Sexual Medicine Program specializes in:
- Penile implant surgery
- Penile curvature correction surgery
- Peyronie’s plaque incision/excision and grafting surgery
- Vasectomy reversal
- Varicocele ligation
- Spermatic cord denervation
- Penile injection therapy to induce erections
- Penile pump training