Things You Need to Know about your Sexual Health

Talking about your sexual health can be embarrassing. These talks, however, are worthy for your total well-being. The World Health Organization defines sexual health as 

“a state of physical, emotional, mental and social well-being in relation to your sexuality; it is not merely the absence of disease, dysfunction or infirmity.”

There are many ways to deal with sexual health issues and enhance enjoyment. Here are a few facts you should know.


of men report some degree
of sexual dysfunction

30 million

estimated number of men in the U.S. who experience erectile dysfunction

4 common sexual problems as men age: 

  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Reduced or lost interestin sex
  • Problems with ejaculation
  • Low testosterone

5 cancer-related treatments that may cause sexual problems in men:


Radiation therapy

Hormone therapy


Certain medications

34 million

women worldwide who have
pelvic organ prolapse (POP). 

That’s when the tissue and muscles of the pelvic floor no longer support the pelvic organs (bladder, cervix, rectum, urethra, uterus and vagina). POP can sometimes cause pain during sex.

4 main causes of sexual dysfunction in women: 

  • Low sexual desire
  • Sexual arousal disorder
  • Orgasmic disorder
  • Sexual pain disorder

5 ways to improve sexual health before and after menopause:

Quit smoking

Be physically active

Avoid drugs and alcohol

Practice pelvic floor exercises

Have sex more often. Regular sex can increase blood flow to the vagina and keep tissues healthy

To learn more about Sexual Health Myths, check out this podcast!

UrologyHealth.org  |  FALL 2018  |  UROLOGYHEALTH extra