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How Can I Start on my Treatment Plan?

Post your consultation with the doctor, he will recommend the best suited treatment plan for you. Once you decide to purchase the Treatment Plan, our care team will reach out to you and start you on your plan schedule as outlined by your doctor.

Will the Treatment Plan be customized for my needs?

Yes, post your purchase, our expert doctor will do a detailed evaluation of your concerns, history & lifestyle to personlise the plan accordingly. The plans shared, show an overview of what to expect in your plan, but each individuals requirements are different & our doctors are specialised in guiding you on your own path towards wellness.

Is my information confidential?

Discreetness and transparency are the cornerstones of Allo’s philosophy. Your data is completely confidential and the details you provide will only be used for honest communication and effective care.

What is the main cause of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

The causes behind erectile dysfunction include psychological conditions, medical/health conditions, certain medications, trauma, hormones, and lifestyle factors.

How is male Erectile Dysfunction (ED) diagnosed?

The causes behind Erectile Dysfunction (ED) include psychological conditions, medical/health conditions, certain medications, trauma, hormones, and lifestyle factors. A physical examination, psychological exam, diagnostic tests such as blood and urine tests, and symptom assessment allows a doctor to diagnose male erectile dysfunction.

What are the causes of Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

The exact cause of premature ejaculation is still not known, but some experts suggest low levels of serotonin can be a causative factor. The psychological causes could be depression/anxiety, relationship problems, and unrealistic expectations.

Is there a cure for Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

Various medical treatments can help improve premature ejaculation. Individuals can learn to control their ejaculation for sexual satisfaction through medical remedies, supplements, and exercise. Surgical options such as dividing the nerves to reduce the penile sensations are still considered experimental.

What is the difference between Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability to attain or maintain an erection. For Premature Ejaculation (PE), the consensus among specialists is: if a man lasts less than 2 minutes after penetration (all or most of the time), and/or if it leads to frequent dissatisfaction for him or his partner, he may have Premature Ejaculation (PE).

Are sexual problems in marriages common?

Sexual disorders are much more common than many realize. They can affect relationships emotionally and psychologically. However, addressing sexual dysfunction with a professional can help both partners.

Does penis size matter?

Due to the stigma and rumors associated with "ideal" penis size, many men tend to feel insecure about their manhood. Men commonly worry that the size of their penis is "too small." However, the fact is that a micro penis is one that is less than 3 inches when erect - anything above 3 inches when erect is normal. While it is common for men to feel insecure about this, most women do not care about size. Penile lengthening is considered to be an unsafe and ineffective procedure as per the American Urological Association (AUA).

Is there a solution to male performance anxiety?

Sexual performance anxiety is an anxiousness or panic that occurs before, or during sexual intercourse. There are various male performance anxiety solutions - the condition can be treated after a consultation with a professional; some of which include: learning relaxation techniques to help with stress management, managing mental health disorders, seeking couples therapy to aid in interpersonal concerns, and modifying lifestyles such as regular exercise and a healthy diet.

What is Porn Addiction and how does it affect sexual health?

Porn Addiction refers to a person becoming excessively dependent on pornography leading to a disruption in their everyday life. This could include their job, relationships and at times, their day-to-day lifestyle. It is addiction that consists of compulsive sexual activity with the use of any forms of pornographic material, despite the negative consequences. Porn addiction can negatively impact an individual's sex life. For example, it can lead to less satisfying sexual experiences and having high and unreasonable expectations from their partner. Some indicators reveal a porn addiction, such as:- Porn is negatively impacting an individual's life: putting their job or relationship in jeopardy. ‍ - Individuals hide their addiction, and/or feel ashamed or guilty after engaging in porn - Individuals want to quit the addiction but are emotionally dependent on porn - Individuals use porn as coping mechanisms One of the side effects a porn addiction is said to have is sexual dysfunction. While it wouldn't be accurate to say that a porn addiction causes sexual dysfunction, it can have a significant impact on an individual’s sexual experiences. Porn is notorious for leading individuals to have fantasy world expectations of sex, and what they or their partner can or can't do. In most cases, individuals find themselves unable to perform to the capacity that they see in porn. It has been revealed that men that have a porn addiction are more likely to experience porn-dependent erectile dysfunction.

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition that causes involuntary muscle spasms during sexual intercourse. The psychologically dependent condition disrupts penis-vaginal penetration as the vaginal muscles contract resulting in pain while attempting penile penetration.

How can low testosterone lead to sexual dysfunction?

Testosterone, the male hormone, is closely associated with a male's sex drive and sexual performance. Low levels of this hormone can cause sexual dysfunction symptoms and disorders such as low libido and erectile dysfunction.

How does smoking affect sexual health?

Smoking affects the levels of testosterone in both males and females. This is because it raises carbon monoxide levels in the body which leads to lower production of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunctions such as low libido and premature ejaculation. Furthermore, smoking can affect fertility as well making it harder to conceive along with negatively impacting a pregnancy. Men who are smokers commonly have low sperm counts and slow-moving sperm along with concerns about sperm function. Women who are smokers experience egg loss, disruption in ovarian cells responsible for making oestrogen/estrogen, and an increased incidence of genetic abnormalities in their children.

How much does a consultation with the doctor cost?

To confirm your consultation with our leading doctors, you will be required to complete payment of ₹199. You can use the screening call to understand your eligibility for Allo Health's Treatment plan and address any other concerns with the doctor.

How are the prescribed medications shipped?

Post purchase of your care plan, if medicines are prescribed to you, Allo will begin the discreet medication delivery process to the address provided by you. They will be delivered in a standard brown unlabeled package without any mention of the medicine or company name,- just your name and address. You can always find out the status of your medication delivery by contacting your Allo buddy or dedicated care expert through WhatsApp.

Does Allo provide therapy sessions?

Sexual wellness from a holistic point of view caters to both the physical and psychological aspects of any diagnosed condition. There is a major psychological component to sexual disorders, for which we provide uninterrupted access to experts in the field.

What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile Dysfunction is defined as the inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. The condition can affect anyone at any age.

What are the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

The symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) include: difficulty in getting an erection, difficulty in maintaining an erection, getting a partial erection, not firm/hard enough for vaginal penetration, reduced libido or sexual desire, increased anxiety and stress associated with sexual intercourse.

At what age do men experience Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Men of any age can experience symptoms of the condition. Besides age, factors such as medical conditions, medications, drinking alcohol, smoking, psychological stress, etc. contribute to Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

What is Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

If a man lasts less than 2 minutes after penetration (all or most of the time), and/or if it leads to frequent dissatisfaction for him or his partner, he may have Premature Ejaculation (PE).

What are some exercises that help with Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

A method called the stop-start technique works well for Premature Ejaculation (PE). This involves stimulating the penis until just before an orgasm, and then stopping until the urge to ejaculate has gone away. This, when repeated several times, helps a man recognize the phase of arousal that happens before an orgasm.

What does sexual dysfunction treatment include?

Sexual dysfunction is a broad term that explains persistent discomfort or difficulty with sexual response, desire, or orgasm. Conditions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation fall under the sexual dysfunction category. Evidence-based and clinically proven sexual dysfunction treatments may include oral tablets, VED (vacuum erection device), injections, and/or surgery - the choice is dependent on the patient’s medical history and treatment plan.

When should you see an andrologist?

Due to the stigma associated with sexual wellness, people often search for specialists to help them - for example, erectile dysfunction specialists. However, professionals advise you to see an andrologist for anything concerning the internal and external male reproductive system. Some conditions that Andrologists commonly treat organic erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory problems such as premature ejaculation, anejaculation, retrograde ejaculation, and infertility (unable to conceive) due to a male factor.

What does Retrograde Ejaculation treatment include?

Retrograde Ejaculation is when semen enters the bladder during orgasm, rather than exiting through the penis. This condition doesn't commonly require treatment unless it disrupts fertility, for which case medications are prescribed to ensure the bladder neck muscles close during ejaculation.

What does Delayed Ejaculation treatment include?

Delayed ejaculation is when an individual requires extended periods of sexual stimulation to ejaculate or reach orgasm. Treatment for this condition is highly dependent on the cause behind it - however, this could include prescribed medications and psychological counseling.

Is Allo’s digital/remote treatment as effective as a physical consultation?

Yes, in the majority of the cases, a physical examination is not required. With technology allowing for the ability to bring about effective solutions, Allo solves for demand in the sexual wellness space. An online consultation reduces unnecessary obstacles such as research, commute, waiting in line, etc without compromising anything for the consumer.

Is there a way to stop Premature Ejaculations (PE) symptoms?

Symptoms of Premature Ejaculations (PE) can be improved through available treatment options such as topical anesthetics and counseling. This is ONLY decided with the help of a professional.

What does Premature Ejaculations (PE) treatment involve?

After brief behavioral therapy, the most common first-line medical treatment for Premature Ejaculations (PE) includes tablets from the family of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or phosphodiesterase inhibitors. These medications are prescribed only after a thorough medical examination as some of these medications are contraindicated in certain coexisting medical conditions.

What does Erectile Dysfunction (ED) treatment involve?

Depending on the cause, erectile dysfunction can be cured. Some causes of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) are easier to cure than others. A medical or psychological evaluation may be necessary to reach the right diagnosis and treatment. Medications may also be prescribed along with psychological intervention.

Does Erectile Dysfunction (ED) cause impotence?

Impotence is a result of the inability to achieve or maintain an erection or ejaculate consistently. Commonly, impotence is used to describe Erectile Dysfunction (ED), because of the lack of erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.

How does depression and/or anxiety lead to sexual dysfunction?

While it is common knowledge that physical medical conditions or injuries can lead to sexual dysfunction, the fact that mental health conditions can also be a cause is often missed. When experiencing conditions such as depression and anxiety, an individual's mind and body are in a constant state of stress. This leads to the release of a hormone called cortisol - chronic high levels of this hormone can lead to the decrease of testosterone in the body. Low testosterone can lead to conditions such as low libido and erectile dysfunction. Depression is also characterised by a general lack of drive in all activities including sexual intimacy.

What is an Unconsummated relationship?

An unconsummated marriage (UM) or a relationship is defined by a heterosexual couple’s inability to have penetrative vaginal intercourse. Many couples experience an unconsummated relationship, and while there is an unnecessary stigma associated with it, it can be treated or improved with the help of a professional. It could be a result of contributing factors from him or her or both.

How does exercising help with sexual wellness?

Aerobic and pelvic floor exercises are highly recommended as a lifestyle modification while dealing with sexual dysfunction or disorders. These types of exercises help improve incontinence, manage conditions such as prostatitis and BPH, and of course, increase male sexual pleasure by helping men have greater control over ejaculation and orgasm. Cardio exercises help in keeping the blood vessels clear, and so, have the ability to improve one’s sex life. Sexual dysfunctions such as ED, are commonly caused by problems with the blood flow to the penis. Factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or concerns in weight management leading to obesity, can affect blood flow and lead to ED symptoms. Aerobic exercises help in all these conditions and improve sexual functioning.

Is there an association between diet and sexual health?

From medications to psychosexual therapy, there are ways to help treat the symptoms of ED, PE, and other sexual disorders. However, many often forget that their lifestyle habits can bring about changes in their sexual health as well. One lifestyle modification that many take for granted is diet — a bad diet can cause many things from medical conditions such as hypertension to affecting sexual health and function. For example, there are foods that improve erectile function by aiding in improved blood flow, and increased testosterone and nitric oxide production.

How does alcohol affect sexual health?

Alcohol has the ability to interfere with sexual stimulation by disrupting the signals sent between the brain and the genitals. It is common for those with alcoholism to experience low sexual desire, disruption in arousal (lubrication in women, and erection in men), and ejaculation disorders (such as delayed ejaculation).

How does stress affect sexual health?

Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that leads to lower levels of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunction symptoms. Furthermore, it can also alter brain signals needed for the genital organs to have optimal blood flow during sexual activity.

What is Female Sexual Arousal Disorder?

Female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) is a condition in which the individual's body does not respond to sexual stimulation. It is a sexual dysfunction that is very common but treatable. Some symptoms of FSAD include low sexual desire or libido, lack of sexual thoughts, decreased sexual excitement, reduced arousal from internal or external stimulation, and lack of sensation in the genitalia or other arousal parts of the body.

What is Anorgasmia in males and females?

Anorgasmia is a condition in which individuals are unable to orgasm despite medical intervention or sexual stimulation. It is much more prevalent in females/women and is commonly caused by psychological factors. However, there are medical conditions or medications/treatments for medical conditions that can cause anorgasmia.

How can low estrogen impact sexual health?

Women experience hormone fluctuations as they age and when estrogen levels drop very low (commonly during the 40s and 50s), they go through menopause. The low levels of estrogen can lead to a negative impact on sexual wellness - for example, it can lead to low libido, vaginal dryness, or lack of lubrication leading to painful sex and disrupted mood and sleep patterns.

Allo Journey

How Can I Start on my Treatment Plan?

Post your consultation with the doctor, he will recommend the best suited treatment plan for you. Once you decide to purchase the Treatment Plan, our care team will reach out to you and start you on your plan schedule as outlined by your doctor.

Will the Treatment Plan be customized for my needs?

Yes, post your purchase, our expert doctor will do a detailed evaluation of your concerns, history & lifestyle to personlise the plan accordingly. The plans shared, show an overview of what to expect in your plan, but each individuals requirements are different & our doctors are specialised in guiding you on your own path towards wellness.

Is my information confidential?

Discreetness and transparency are the cornerstones of Allo’s philosophy. Your data is completely confidential and the details you provide will only be used for honest communication and effective care.

How much does a consultation with the doctor cost?

To confirm your consultation with our leading doctors, you will be required to complete payment of ₹199. You can use the screening call to understand your eligibility for Allo Health's Treatment plan and address any other concerns with the doctor.

How are the prescribed medications shipped?

Post purchase of your care plan, if medicines are prescribed to you, Allo will begin the discreet medication delivery process to the address provided by you. They will be delivered in a standard brown unlabeled package without any mention of the medicine or company name,- just your name and address. You can always find out the status of your medication delivery by contacting your Allo buddy or dedicated care expert through WhatsApp.

Does Allo provide therapy sessions?

Sexual wellness from a holistic point of view caters to both the physical and psychological aspects of any diagnosed condition. There is a major psychological component to sexual disorders, for which we provide uninterrupted access to experts in the field.

Is Allo’s digital/remote treatment as effective as a physical consultation?

Yes, in the majority of the cases, a physical examination is not required. With technology allowing for the ability to bring about effective solutions, Allo solves for demand in the sexual wellness space. An online consultation reduces unnecessary obstacles such as research, commute, waiting in line, etc without compromising anything for the consumer.

When should I see a Sexologist?

Should you experience any concerns with sex - such as sexual disorders, both physical and psychological, understanding intimacy and sex, or have any concerns relating to sexuality - it is recommended that you consult with a Sexologist.

What is the difference between a Sexologist and Sex Therapist?

The role of a Sexologist and Sex therapist often overlap. But for the sake of clarity, a Sex Therapist is a mental health professional (qualified in behavioural/ clinical sciences) trained specifically in the practice of sexology. They apply appropriate evaluation and psychotherapeutic treatment of sexual disorders. A Sexologist is a person who practices Sexology and could be doctor with a medical background. He/ she can prescribe medicine if and wherever required to treat sexual issues.

Do all sexual disorders require a Sexologist?

There are physical and psychological causes to sexual concerns which are to be treated with psychological and medical intervention. Typically, Sexologists address concerns with penis size and disorders such as Erectile Dysfunction, Pain During Sex, Ejaculatory concerns (Premature Ejaculation, Delayed Ejaculation, Retrograde Ejaculation, and Anejaculation), concerns with orgasms, Porn and Masturbation Addiction, Low Libido, Vaginismus and other sexual disorders. However, Sexologists can also help with fears or inhibitions regarding sex, sexual abuse, and relationship concerns.

Erectile Dysfunction

What is the main cause of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

The causes behind erectile dysfunction include psychological conditions, medical/health conditions, certain medications, trauma, hormones, and lifestyle factors.

How is male Erectile Dysfunction (ED) diagnosed?

The causes behind Erectile Dysfunction (ED) include psychological conditions, medical/health conditions, certain medications, trauma, hormones, and lifestyle factors. A physical examination, psychological exam, diagnostic tests such as blood and urine tests, and symptom assessment allows a doctor to diagnose male erectile dysfunction.

What is Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Erectile Dysfunction is defined as the inability to sustain an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. The condition can affect anyone at any age.

What are the symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

The symptoms of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) include: difficulty in getting an erection, difficulty in maintaining an erection, getting a partial erection, not firm/hard enough for vaginal penetration, reduced libido or sexual desire, increased anxiety and stress associated with sexual intercourse.

At what age do men experience Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Men of any age can experience symptoms of the condition. Besides age, factors such as medical conditions, medications, drinking alcohol, smoking, psychological stress, etc. contribute to Erectile Dysfunction (ED).

What does Erectile Dysfunction (ED) treatment involve?

Depending on the cause, erectile dysfunction can be cured. Some causes of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) are easier to cure than others. A medical or psychological evaluation may be necessary to reach the right diagnosis and treatment. Medications may also be prescribed along with psychological intervention.

Does Erectile Dysfunction (ED) cause impotence?

Impotence is a result of the inability to achieve or maintain an erection or ejaculate consistently. Commonly, impotence is used to describe Erectile Dysfunction (ED), because of the lack of erection sufficient for sexual intercourse.

What are the effects of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) tablets?

Medications prescribed for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) aid in the increase of penis blood flow along with sexual stimulation resulting in sustained erections. You should expect improved quality and long-lasting erections. The effect of the medications prescribed takes a bit of time to cause the desired effect with expected effects lasting for up to 4 hours. However, the effects of the drug will start to decrease 2 hours after consumption.

What is the dosage for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) tablets?

The medications prescribed for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) take a bit of time to help with an erection. Due to this, the medications are commonly prescribed on an on-demand basis - with one glass of water before sexual activity.

Are there long-term side effects for Erectile Dysfunction (ED) tablets?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) tablets are considered to be very safe to consume. It does not affect your sexual libido, however, sexual arousal is needed for the tablets to work their best. They are safe to use both long-term and/or short-term under the supervision of a physician. However, if you have a history of allergic reactions to the ED tablets or any of its ingredients and consume prescription nitrate medications, Erectile Dysfunction (ED) tablets are not prescribed. Common side effects - Headache: This can be improved or helped by resting in a quiet and dark room along with consuming a small amount of caffeine. Ibuprofen, a painkiller, can help as well - Flushing: This can be improved or helped by cleansing the area with soap and water, taking antihistamines, and applying calamine lotions - Blurred Vision: If this side effect does not resolve within a few hours, seek medical aid as soon as possible - Stuffy Nose: This can be improved or helped by rinsing the inside of the nose with saline solution. Rare side effects - Dizziness - Chest pain - Seizures - Skin reaction

Can alcohol be consumed while taking Erectile Dysfunction (ED) tablets?

Although it is better to avoid alcohol while on Erectile Dysfunction (ED) tablets, alcohol can be consumed with caution.

Is it okay to stop taking Erectile Dysfunction (ED) tablets when I am feeling better?

Patients are advised to continue Erectile Dysfunction (ED) tablets in accurate doses for as long as it has been prescribed by their doctor. Stopping consumption beforehand can negatively affect the effectiveness of treatment.

Can Erectile Dysfunction (ED) be cured with home remedies?

There are various causes behind Erectile Dysfunction (ED) symptoms - both physical and psychological. Due to this, experts suggest a treatment approach that is holistic in its treatment. Effective treatment is highly dependent on the cause of ED which is first determined by a professional. Home remedies, although popular, are not considered safe or effective for long-lasting ED symptom relief.

Are there alternative treatments for Erectile Dysfunction (ED)?

Depending on the cause, erectile dysfunction can be cured. Some causes of Erectile Dysfunction (ED) are easier to cure than others. A medical or psychological evaluation may be necessary to reach the right diagnosis and treatment. Medications may also be prescribed along with psychological intervention.

How does Allo’s Care Plan help improve Erectile Dysfunction (ED) symptoms?

Our team of doctors specialise in the spectrum of sexual wellness - including modern medicine, psychosexual therapy, and surgical intervention. Sexual disorders is an umbrella term that consists of many sexual dysfunctions or disorders that are strongly correlated with many specialisations in medicine such as andrology, urology, and endocrinology. Allo’s Care Plan focuses on your overall health along with targeting the specific cause behind your ED symptoms. Consistency in following the Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Care Plan has already yielded effective results in many of our patients.

How do I know which Erectile Dysfunction (ED) treatment works for me?

Depending on if your case is physical or psychological, your Allo doctor will provide insights on all the treatment options available to you. Based on your medical history, and your comfortability, you and your doctor can decide your course of treatment ahead.

Do all sexual disorders require a Sexologist?

There are physical and psychological causes to sexual concerns which are to be treated with psychological and medical intervention. Typically, Sexologists address concerns with penis size and disorders such as Erectile Dysfunction, Pain During Sex, Ejaculatory concerns (Premature Ejaculation, Delayed Ejaculation, Retrograde Ejaculation, and Anejaculation), concerns with orgasms, Porn and Masturbation Addiction, Low Libido, Vaginismus and other sexual disorders. However, Sexologists can also help with fears or inhibitions regarding sex, sexual abuse, and relationship concerns.

General Sexual Health

What is the difference between a Sexologist and Sex Therapist?

The role of a Sexologist and Sex therapist often overlap. But for the sake of clarity, a Sex Therapist is a mental health professional (qualified in behavioural/ clinical sciences) trained specifically in the practice of sexology. They apply appropriate evaluation and psychotherapeutic treatment of sexual disorders. A Sexologist is a person who practices Sexology and could be doctor with a medical background. He/ she can prescribe medicine if and wherever required to treat sexual issues.

When should I see a Sexologist?

Should you experience any concerns with sex - such as sexual disorders, both physical and psychological, understanding intimacy and sex, or have any concerns relating to sexuality - it is recommended that you consult with a Sexologist.

What do Sexologists treat?

A Sexologist helps with addressing concerns regarding relationships, and sexual intimacy - such as sexual orientation, gender identity and overall sexual functioning. They are able to help with sexual disorders and building healthy relationships. Ideally, the best way to understand what Sexologists do is that they help improve all things that have to do with sex and sexuality.

Who is a Sexologist?

A Sexologist is a specialist that has been trained in human sexuality and human sexual behavior. They are professionals in the field of human anatomy, physiology and psychology in regard to sexuality and overall sexual functioning. They follow the Code of Ethics, which requires them to be respectful of sexual rights of all people that they help treat along with following a core set of values.

What is an Unconsummated relationship?

An unconsummated marriage (UM) or a relationship is defined by a heterosexual couple’s inability to have penetrative vaginal intercourse. Many couples experience an unconsummated relationship, and while there is an unnecessary stigma associated with it, it can be treated or improved with the help of a professional. It could be a result of contributing factors from him or her or both.

How does depression and/or anxiety lead to sexual dysfunction?

While it is common knowledge that physical medical conditions or injuries can lead to sexual dysfunction, the fact that mental health conditions can also be a cause is often missed. When experiencing conditions such as depression and anxiety, an individual's mind and body are in a constant state of stress. This leads to the release of a hormone called cortisol - chronic high levels of this hormone can lead to the decrease of testosterone in the body. Low testosterone can lead to conditions such as low libido and erectile dysfunction. Depression is also characterised by a general lack of drive in all activities including sexual intimacy.

How can low testosterone lead to sexual dysfunction?

Testosterone, the male hormone, is closely associated with a male's sex drive and sexual performance. Low levels of this hormone can cause sexual dysfunction symptoms and disorders such as low libido and erectile dysfunction.

When should you see an andrologist?

Due to the stigma associated with sexual wellness, people often search for specialists to help them - for example, erectile dysfunction specialists. However, professionals advise you to see an andrologist for anything concerning the internal and external male reproductive system. Some conditions that Andrologists commonly treat organic erectile dysfunction, ejaculatory problems such as premature ejaculation, anejaculation, retrograde ejaculation, and infertility (unable to conceive) due to a male factor.

What does sexual dysfunction treatment include?

Sexual dysfunction is a broad term that explains persistent discomfort or difficulty with sexual response, desire, or orgasm. Conditions such as erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation fall under the sexual dysfunction category. Evidence-based and clinically proven sexual dysfunction treatments may include oral tablets, VED (vacuum erection device), injections, and/or surgery - the choice is dependent on the patient’s medical history and treatment plan.

Does penis size matter?

Due to the stigma and rumors associated with "ideal" penis size, many men tend to feel insecure about their manhood. Men commonly worry that the size of their penis is "too small." However, the fact is that a micro penis is one that is less than 3 inches when erect - anything above 3 inches when erect is normal. While it is common for men to feel insecure about this, most women do not care about size. Penile lengthening is considered to be an unsafe and ineffective procedure as per the American Urological Association (AUA).

Are sexual problems in marriages common?

Sexual disorders are much more common than many realize. They can affect relationships emotionally and psychologically. However, addressing sexual dysfunction with a professional can help both partners.

Premature Ejaculation

What are the causes of Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

The exact cause of premature ejaculation is still not known, but some experts suggest low levels of serotonin can be a causative factor. The psychological causes could be depression/anxiety, relationship problems, and unrealistic expectations.

Is there a cure for Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

Various medical treatments can help improve premature ejaculation. Individuals can learn to control their ejaculation for sexual satisfaction through medical remedies, supplements, and exercise. Surgical options such as dividing the nerves to reduce the penile sensations are still considered experimental.

What is the difference between Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) refers to the inability to attain or maintain an erection. For Premature Ejaculation (PE), the consensus among specialists is: if a man lasts less than 2 minutes after penetration (all or most of the time), and/or if it leads to frequent dissatisfaction for him or his partner, he may have Premature Ejaculation (PE).

What is Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

If a man lasts less than 2 minutes after penetration (all or most of the time), and/or if it leads to frequent dissatisfaction for him or his partner, he may have Premature Ejaculation (PE).

What are some exercises that help with Premature Ejaculation (PE)?

A method called the stop-start technique works well for Premature Ejaculation (PE). This involves stimulating the penis until just before an orgasm, and then stopping until the urge to ejaculate has gone away. This, when repeated several times, helps a man recognize the phase of arousal that happens before an orgasm.

Is there a way to stop Premature Ejaculations (PE) symptoms?

Symptoms of Premature Ejaculations (PE) can be improved through available treatment options such as topical anesthetics and counseling. This is ONLY decided with the help of a professional.

What does Premature Ejaculations (PE) treatment involve?

After brief behavioral therapy, the most common first-line medical treatment for Premature Ejaculations (PE) includes tablets from the family of selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors or phosphodiesterase inhibitors. These medications are prescribed only after a thorough medical examination as some of these medications are contraindicated in certain coexisting medical conditions.

What are the effects of Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets?

Medications prescribed for Premature Ejaculation (PE) aid in delaying ejaculation and help individuals not orgasm too early. There are different types of medications that help treat the cause of PE which helps alleviate symptoms such as increasing serotonin levels in the nervous system, which helps control and delay ejaculation.

What is the dosage for Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets?

The dosage to be followed prescribed for Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets should be done based on the doctor's recommendation. However, they are commonly prescribed to be taken 2-3 hours before sexual activity.

Are there long-term side effects of Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets?

Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets are considered to be very safe to consume. They are safe to use both long-term and/or short-term under the supervision of a physician. However, if you have a history of allergic reactions to the Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets or any of its ingredients are associated with medications you already take, PE tablets are not prescribed. Common side effects - Dry eyes: This can be improved or helped by using eye drops. - Constipation: This can be improved or helped by consuming more fluids, exercising and/or increasing the fibre in your diet. - Dry mouth: This can be improved or helped by sipping water and/or chewing sugar-free gum frequently. It will help to keep the mouth moist. - Dizziness: This can be improved or helped by moving slowly from a sitting position to a standing position - Increased sweating: This can be improved or helped by bathing and changing to natural clothes may help in getting rid of sweat. Rare side effects - Change in mood - Irritability or happiness - Chest pain - Difficulty urinating - Seizures - Self-harm thoughts - Restlessness - Serotonin syndromes (confusion, fever, muscle jerking)

Can alcohol be consumed while taking Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets?

Although it is better to avoid alcohol while on Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets, alcohol can be consumed with caution.

Is it okay to stop taking Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets when I am feeling better?

Patients are advised to continue Premature Ejaculation (PE) tablets in accurate doses for as long as it has been prescribed by their doctor. Stopping consumption beforehand can negatively affect the effectiveness of treatment.

Can Premature Ejaculation be cured with home remedies?

There are various causes behind Premature Ejaculation (PE) symptoms - both physical and psychological. Due to this, experts suggest a treatment approach that is holistic in its treatment. Effective treatment is highly dependent on the cause of PE which is first determined by a professional. Home remedies, although popular, are not considered safe or effective for long-lasting PE symptom relief.

Are there alternative treatments for Premature Ejaculation?

Some causes of Premature Ejaculation (PE) are easier to cure than others. A medical or psychological evaluation may be necessary to reach the right diagnosis and treatment. Medications may also be prescribed along with psychological intervention.

How does Allo’s Care Plan help improve Premature Ejaculation symptoms?

Our team of doctors specialise in the spectrum of sexual wellness - including modern medicine, psychosexual therapy, and surgical intervention. Sexual disorders is an umbrella term that consists of many sexual dysfunctions or disorders that are strongly correlated with many specializations in medicine such as andrology, urology, and endocrinology. Allo’s Care Plan focuses on your overall health along with targeting the specific cause behind your Premature Ejaculation (PE) symptoms. Consistency in following the Premature Ejaculation (PE) Care Plan has already yielded effective results in many of our patients.

How do I know which Premature Ejaculation treatment works for me?

Depending on if your case is physical or psychological, your Allo doctor will provide insights on all the treatment options available to you. Based on your medical history, and your comfortability, you and your doctor can decide your course of treatment ahead.

Do all sexual disorders require a Sexologist?

There are physical and psychological causes to sexual concerns which are to be treated with psychological and medical intervention. Typically, Sexologists address concerns with penis size and disorders such as Erectile Dysfunction, Pain During Sex, Ejaculatory concerns (Premature Ejaculation, Delayed Ejaculation, Retrograde Ejaculation, and Anejaculation), concerns with orgasms, Porn and Masturbation Addiction, Low Libido, Vaginismus and other sexual disorders. However, Sexologists can also help with fears or inhibitions regarding sex, sexual abuse, and relationship concerns.

Lifestyle

How does smoking affect sexual health?

Smoking affects the levels of testosterone in both males and females. This is because it raises carbon monoxide levels in the body which leads to lower production of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunctions such as low libido and premature ejaculation. Furthermore, smoking can affect fertility as well making it harder to conceive along with negatively impacting a pregnancy. Men who are smokers commonly have low sperm counts and slow-moving sperm along with concerns about sperm function. Women who are smokers experience egg loss, disruption in ovarian cells responsible for making oestrogen/estrogen, and an increased incidence of genetic abnormalities in their children.

How does exercising help with sexual wellness?

Aerobic and pelvic floor exercises are highly recommended as a lifestyle modification while dealing with sexual dysfunction or disorders. These types of exercises help improve incontinence, manage conditions such as prostatitis and BPH, and of course, increase male sexual pleasure by helping men have greater control over ejaculation and orgasm. Cardio exercises help in keeping the blood vessels clear, and so, have the ability to improve one’s sex life. Sexual dysfunctions such as ED, are commonly caused by problems with the blood flow to the penis. Factors such as diabetes, high cholesterol, or concerns in weight management leading to obesity, can affect blood flow and lead to ED symptoms. Aerobic exercises help in all these conditions and improve sexual functioning.

Is there an association between diet and sexual health?

From medications to psychosexual therapy, there are ways to help treat the symptoms of ED, PE, and other sexual disorders. However, many often forget that their lifestyle habits can bring about changes in their sexual health as well. One lifestyle modification that many take for granted is diet — a bad diet can cause many things from medical conditions such as hypertension to affecting sexual health and function. For example, there are foods that improve erectile function by aiding in improved blood flow, and increased testosterone and nitric oxide production.

How does alcohol affect sexual health?

Alcohol has the ability to interfere with sexual stimulation by disrupting the signals sent between the brain and the genitals. It is common for those with alcoholism to experience low sexual desire, disruption in arousal (lubrication in women, and erection in men), and ejaculation disorders (such as delayed ejaculation).

How does stress affect sexual health?

Stress triggers the release of cortisol, a hormone that leads to lower levels of testosterone which can lead to sexual dysfunction symptoms. Furthermore, it can also alter brain signals needed for the genital organs to have optimal blood flow during sexual activity.

What do Sexologists treat?

A Sexologist helps with addressing concerns regarding relationships, and sexual intimacy - such as sexual orientation, gender identity and overall sexual functioning. They are able to help with sexual disorders and building healthy relationships. Ideally, the best way to understand what Sexologists do is that they help improve all things that have to do with sex and sexuality.

Women’s Sexual Disoders

What is vaginismus?

Vaginismus is a condition that causes involuntary muscle spasms during sexual intercourse. The psychologically dependent condition disrupts penis-vaginal penetration as the vaginal muscles contract resulting in pain while attempting penile penetration.

What is Female Sexual Arousal Disorder?

Female sexual arousal disorder (FSAD) is a condition in which the individual's body does not respond to sexual stimulation. It is a sexual dysfunction that is very common but treatable. Some symptoms of FSAD include low sexual desire or libido, lack of sexual thoughts, decreased sexual excitement, reduced arousal from internal or external stimulation, and lack of sensation in the genitalia or other arousal parts of the body.

What is Anorgasmia in males and females?

Anorgasmia is a condition in which individuals are unable to orgasm despite medical intervention or sexual stimulation. It is much more prevalent in females/women and is commonly caused by psychological factors. However, there are medical conditions or medications/treatments for medical conditions that can cause anorgasmia.

How can low estrogen impact sexual health?

Women experience hormone fluctuations as they age and when estrogen levels drop very low (commonly during the 40s and 50s), they go through menopause. The low levels of estrogen can lead to a negative impact on sexual wellness - for example, it can lead to low libido, vaginal dryness, or lack of lubrication leading to painful sex and disrupted mood and sleep patterns.

Other Sexual Disorders

Is there a solution to male performance anxiety?

Sexual performance anxiety is an anxiousness or panic that occurs before, or during sexual intercourse. There are various male performance anxiety solutions - the condition can be treated after a consultation with a professional; some of which include: learning relaxation techniques to help with stress management, managing mental health disorders, seeking couples therapy to aid in interpersonal concerns, and modifying lifestyles such as regular exercise and a healthy diet.

What is Porn Addiction and how does it affect sexual health?

Porn Addiction refers to a person becoming excessively dependent on pornography leading to a disruption in their everyday life. This could include their job, relationships and at times, their day-to-day lifestyle. It is addiction that consists of compulsive sexual activity with the use of any forms of pornographic material, despite the negative consequences. Porn addiction can negatively impact an individual's sex life. For example, it can lead to less satisfying sexual experiences and having high and unreasonable expectations from their partner. Some indicators reveal a porn addiction, such as:- Porn is negatively impacting an individual's life: putting their job or relationship in jeopardy. ‍ - Individuals hide their addiction, and/or feel ashamed or guilty after engaging in porn - Individuals want to quit the addiction but are emotionally dependent on porn - Individuals use porn as coping mechanisms One of the side effects a porn addiction is said to have is sexual dysfunction. While it wouldn't be accurate to say that a porn addiction causes sexual dysfunction, it can have a significant impact on an individual’s sexual experiences. Porn is notorious for leading individuals to have fantasy world expectations of sex, and what they or their partner can or can't do. In most cases, individuals find themselves unable to perform to the capacity that they see in porn. It has been revealed that men that have a porn addiction are more likely to experience porn-dependent erectile dysfunction.

What does Retrograde Ejaculation treatment include?

Retrograde Ejaculation is when semen enters the bladder during orgasm, rather than exiting through the penis. This condition doesn't commonly require treatment unless it disrupts fertility, for which case medications are prescribed to ensure the bladder neck muscles close during ejaculation.

What does Delayed Ejaculation treatment include?

Delayed ejaculation is when an individual requires extended periods of sexual stimulation to ejaculate or reach orgasm. Treatment for this condition is highly dependent on the cause behind it - however, this could include prescribed medications and psychological counseling.

Who is a Sexologist?

A Sexologist is a specialist that has been trained in human sexuality and human sexual behavior. They are professionals in the field of human anatomy, physiology and psychology in regard to sexuality and overall sexual functioning. They follow the Code of Ethics, which requires them to be respectful of sexual rights of all people that they help treat along with following a core set of values.

What do Sexologists treat?

A Sexologist helps with addressing concerns regarding relationships, and sexual intimacy - such as sexual orientation, gender identity and overall sexual functioning. They are able to help with sexual disorders and building healthy relationships. Ideally, the best way to understand what Sexologists do is that they help improve all things that have to do with sex and sexuality.

When should I see a Sexologist?

Should you experience any concerns with sex - such as sexual disorders, both physical and psychological, understanding intimacy and sex, or have any concerns relating to sexuality - it is recommended that you consult with a Sexologist.

What is the difference between a Sexologist and Sex Therapist?

The role of a Sexologist and Sex therapist often overlap. But for the sake of clarity, a Sex Therapist is a mental health professional (qualified in behavioural/ clinical sciences) trained specifically in the practice of sexology. They apply appropriate evaluation and psychotherapeutic treatment of sexual disorders. A Sexologist is a person who practices Sexology and could be doctor with a medical background. He/ she can prescribe medicine if and wherever required to treat sexual issues.

Do all sexual disorders require a Sexologist?

There are physical and psychological causes to sexual concerns which are to be treated with psychological and medical intervention. Typically, Sexologists address concerns with penis size and disorders such as Erectile Dysfunction, Pain During Sex, Ejaculatory concerns (Premature Ejaculation, Delayed Ejaculation, Retrograde Ejaculation, and Anejaculation), concerns with orgasms, Porn and Masturbation Addiction, Low Libido, Vaginismus and other sexual disorders. However, Sexologists can also help with fears or inhibitions regarding sex, sexual abuse, and relationship concerns.

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