Male sexual dysfunction

Male sexual dysfunction can be caused by a number of physical conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, neurological condition, hormonal imbalance and kidney and liver failure. In some cases, medications for chronic illness can also have an impact on sexual function. When diagnosing sexual dysfunction, factors like anxiety, stress, depression and past trauma are also taken into account.

Some of the most common conditions affecting sexual dysfunction include ejaculation disorders such as premature ejaculation, inhibited ejaculation, and retrograde ejaculation; erectile dysfunction; and inhibited sexual desire. In order to diagnose these conditions, Dr Maharajh will conduct various tests. She will need to determine the cause of your condition, and evaluate the extent of the problem. Depending on your symptoms, you may need to have blood tests taken in order to evaluate your hormone levels, and to check for underlying conditions like diabetes and high cholesterol. A vascular assessment may also be necessary, as this will help to evaluate the blood flow to the penis and help determine whether or not there is a blockage in the blood vessels.

Once Dr Maharajh has determined the cause of the problem, she will advise you of the best treatment option. Depending on your condition, treatment may include lifestyle changes, or medication, and uncommonly, surgery.


Dr Suhani Maharajh is a Specialist Urologist in Durban. After completing her undergraduate training summa cum laude at Nelson R Mandela School of medicine, she pursued her true passion and qualified as a urologist in 2012 and was awarded the Lionel B Goldscmidt Medal.

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