Enough celebrities, magazines, gym brochures, and social influencers talk about diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension every single day.
Enough celebrities, magazines, gym brochures, and social influencers talk about diabetes, cholesterol, and hypertension every single day. I don’t mean to undermine the gravity of these nefarious diseases, but then again- they have taken the limelight away from other equally (if not more) important conditions. For instance, sexual dysfunction of various kinds is projected to affect 320 million men by 2025. The scientists have no estimates on sexual problems in women by then, but it is fair to expect these numbers to run in the millions, not far behind men.
So, if you’ve been ignoring your sexual health till now, there is no better time to start paying attention. Here are 9 sex problems you should take seriously:
- Vaginal burning:
From bacterial vaginosis to gonorrhoea, vaginal burning could occur due to a number of reasons in women – all that require attention. Even though at first it may not seem like a serious sexual problem in women, it may actually only be a symptom of a more critical root cause. Therefore, if you or your partner experience persistent burning and itching in the vaginal area, then I recommend an appointment with a gynaecologist for a quick check up. Click here to read the top 8 reasons why you may be experiencing vaginal burning.
- Painful sex:
Sex can be painful sometimes, especially if it is the first time or if you don’t indulge in enough foreplay. But, if sex turns out to be painful and downright uncomfortable for you every single time, then you may want to get it looked into. Here are 4 serious reasons you shouldn’t ignore painful sex.
- Premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction:
Well, premature ejaculation is one of the most common sexual problems in men to be seen, followed closely by erectile dysfunction. But, that doesn’t mean that these are entirely harmless. While premature ejaculation may occur simply due to inexperience or psychological or emotional issues like depression and anxiety, persistent premature ejaculation should not be ignored. Some of the physiological causes behind the condition are diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, and prostate disease. So, I highly suggest that you get an expert opinion on the matter, even if your problem may not have a deeper cause. Better safe than sorry!
- Vaginal dryness:
Maybe you don’t want to consider vaginal dryness as a serious problem, but the fact that it can be only a symptom of another disease makes it a little scary. From hormonal imbalance and breastfeeding to medication, beauty products and stress. Prolonged dryness may make your vagina more susceptible to infections, and therefore, any sudden changes in your vaginal lubrication (that may be unexplained) should be looked into. If you want to know more, click here.
5. Pelvic inflammatory disease:
PID is one of the most commonly ignored sexual problems in women that come with dangerous complications. It usually occurs when sexually transmitted bacteria spread from your vagina to your uterus, fallopian tubes or ovaries, causing an inflammation in these organs. If the disease progresses, it may cause tubo-ovarian abscess, scarring, and infertility. The symptoms you should watch out for are fever, fatigue, irregular menstruation, frequent urination, abnormal vaginal discharge, pain during sex, and pain in the lower abdomen.
- Penile fracture:
Penile fracture is the most painful of all fractures, I reckon. Here is an extract from one of my articles
, “The erect penis is engorged with blood. Forceful bending of the erect penis during aggressive sexual play can lead to a serious injury called penile fracture. A popping or cracking sound, significant pain, swelling, immediate loss of erection leading to flaccidity, and skin turning blue-black are the common symptoms of a penile fracture. The riskiest positions are the ones with the woman on top; missionary being the safest, because the man is control of the movements and can stop in case of a sudden mis-position.” If you suspect a penile fracture, get help IMMEDIATELY.
- Difficulty in getting orgasms:
There may be many reasons for this. As a woman, you may not be emotionally prepared for sex or maybe you haven’t experimented enough to discover what works for you. Click here to read fool-proof tips to great orgasms
- Genital warts:
Genital warts is a sexually transmitted infection caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV)that requires immediate treatment. Thankfully, it is completely treatable in most cases if detected on time. Some of the tell-tale symptoms of STIs are unexplained rashes, unusual smelly discharge from the vagina, burning sensation during urination, and of course in these case- warts in the genital area. Google it if you want nightmares…or else, just take my word for it – you don’t want it. Practice safe sex, y’all. Be sure to read this article to know about other STIs and how to prevent them
- Persistent arousal:
Turns out, there is such a thing as too much horniness. Persistent genital arousal disorder (PGAD) is spontaneous, persistent, unwanted and uncontrollable genital arousal in the absence of sexual stimulation or sexual desire, and is typically not relieved by orgasms. The condition is more common in females. The causes of the condition are still unknown, and experts speculate that they could be neurological, vascular, pharmacological, or psychological. Since the disorder hasn’t been studied in detail, there are no certain modes of treating it. Doctors may choose a combination of psychotherapy, pelvic floor exercises, and even experimental medicines to relieve the symptoms. To date, the total number of documented cases of PGAD are 22. But, even then, early diagnosis could almost guarantee timely treatment and return to normalcy.
To conclude, I’d say that sexual disorders and dysfunctions shouldn’t be ignored. Just as you care for your lungs, kidneys, heart, and liver, your testicles and penis or ovaries, uterus, and vagina require equal attention and regard. No matter how harmless the symptoms, if you feel like something is out of order, take time to get it looked at by a gynaecologist or urologist. A little vigilance never hurt anyone!