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It's estimated 1 in 10 men has a problem related to having sex, such as premature ejaculation or erectile dysfunction.

Sexual problems can affect any man, whether he is straight, gay, bisexual or transgender.

Erectile dysfunction

This is when a man cannot get, or keep, an erection that allows him to take part in sexual intercourse or other types of sexual activity.

Most men experience it at some time in their life, and the causes can be physical or psychological.

Physical causes include heart disease, diabetes and raised blood pressure.

Alcohol, smoking and illegal drugs, as well as some prescription medicines, can also cause erectile problems.

Worries about work, money, your relationship, family and not getting an erection can all be factors.

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Premature ejaculation

This is when a man ejaculates (comes) sooner than he wants to during sex. It's only a problem if it bothers him or his partner.

Causes can include anxiety about sexual performance, stress, unresolved issues in a relationship or depression.

You can see a GP or a psychosexual therapist for help.

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Loss of sex drive

Loss of sex drive (also known as libido) is when a person has a reduced interest in sexual activity or sexual thoughts.

Losing your sex drive is common. It can be linked to a number of factors, including relationship issues, stress, anxiety, some medical conditions and side effects of medication.

Help is available. Talk to a GP, or get in touch with the Sexual Advice Association.

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Talking about your problems can help. Find out more about relationship counselling at Relate.

Page last reviewed: 12 June 2019
Next review due: 12 June 2022