Sexual Health: Myths and Facts About Male Reproductive Health | Photo credit: iStock images

New Delhi: Men’s sexual health is an essential aspect of men’s health, whether you’re trying to prevent pregnancy, sexually transmitted diseases, worry about erectile dysfunction, or other men’s sexual health issues. In men, concerns about penis size are at the top of their list of sexual health issues. However, you are probably more normal than you think. In this article, a Practo sex therapist shares his thoughts on common male sexual health myths that prevail among people and the truth behind them.

Myths and facts about male sexual health

You often hear about the importance of physical health, mental health and spiritual health, but it is also very important to be assertive about your sexual health. Achieving sexual health allows:

  • Healthy relationships
  • Planned pregnancies
  • Prevention of diseases.

This is why it is essential to be well informed about all aspects of sexual health and what it takes to have a great sex life. Likewise, it is important to be aware of the factors that can complicate your sexual health. Don’t let embarrassment stop you from voicing your concerns or asking questions of your doctor or other health care providers. We will gradually discuss various myths and facts at different stages in different age groups in men.

Myth 1 – Masturbation is harmful.
Made – No, it is very sure. It increases mental well-being and not mental illness or instability like that suggested by some myths.

Myth 2 – Masturbation can affect the normal relationship of a husband and wife.
Made – No rather, it can help improve the same. It has certain benefits, such as improved partner-to-partner sex, understanding your own body, increased capacity for orgasms, increased self-esteem and body image, and an overall increase in sexual satisfaction.

Myth 3 – Sexual health and fertility go hand in hand. Will a bad relationship weaken your chances of having a baby?
Made – Good health certainly improves the chances of conception, but it is not essential as science is now advanced to overcome all the difficulties that arise naturally.
Myth 4 – Sex can increase the risk of cancer.
Made – On the contrary, it decreases the risk of cancer. Fewer men who live in healthy relationships are diagnosed with prostate cancer before the age of 70. Even it was observed that men who had frequent orgasms (defined as two or more per week) had a 50% lower risk of death than those who had sex less often.

Myth 5 – Old age, physical changes, illness, disabilities, and certain medications can make sex difficult
Made – Don’t be afraid to share your concerns with your doctor or other health care provider. Also, remember, whatever your age, take precautions to protect yourself from sexually transmitted infections.

Disclaimer: The tips and suggestions mentioned in the article are for general information purposes only and should not be construed as professional medical advice. Always consult your doctor or healthcare professional if you have specific questions about a medical problem.