It’s also very common for men to experience sexual problems. Around 1 in 10 men have an issue with sex and performance at some point in their lives. Problems can be short lived or long-term and can affect any man, whether he is gay, straight, bisexual or transgender. There’s lots of help and advice available for any of these issues.

Erection problems

Many men have erection problems at some time in their life and the causes can be physical and/or psychological but can often be improved by making changes to your lifestyle, such as losing weight if you are overweight or giving up smoking or alcohol. However, you should see your GP if you have erection problems for more than a few weeks as it could be a sign of a more serious health condition. In some cases your GP may recommend tablets called PDE-5 inhibitors eg. Viagra or Cialis, that can help with erection problems. If these drugs don't work or are not suitable, other treatments include:

  • vacuum pumps
  • penis injections
  • counselling

Find out more about Erectile dysfunction.

Reduced sensitivity in men

Reduced sensitivity in men A lack of sensitivity in the penis is a normal part of ageing and it can make it more difficult for some men to get an erection and reach orgasm.

To help, you could:

  • exercise your penis by having daily erections (even if it's not for sex)
  • try more direct stimulation of your penis during sex to improve your erection

Stopping smoking, losing weight and exercising more often can help by improving blood flow to the penis.

See your GP if you have reduced sensitivity as this can sometimes be caused by another health condition.

Premature ejaculation

Premature ejaculation is where a man reaches climax and ejaculates (cums) sooner than he wants. It can happen to everyone but becomes a problem if it bothers you or your partner. Anxiety, stress or relationship issues can be some of the reasons behind it.