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Mental Erectile Dysfunction

Mental Erectile Dysfunction


Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or keep an erection firm enough for sexual function. It’s a common sexual problem, affecting as many as 30 million men in the United States. Most cases of ED have a physical cause, such as heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Lifestyle choices like smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol can also lead to ED. But for some men, psychological issues are the root of the problem.

Read on to learn about the psychological causes of ED, and how they can be addressed.

Psychological Erectile Dysfunction Causes

One way to figure out if you are dealing with psychological ED is to determine if the symptom is showing up across your sexual interactions. In other words – if you feel comfortable, relaxed and have perfectly normal erections during masturbation but cannot get them with a partner, you are likely dealing with psychological ED. If you are having ED in all situations, even masturbation, make sure you get checked out by a physician, as it can be a sign of heart disease.

We have found in our practice that psychological erectile dysfunction has at least three different underlying root causes:

  • performance anxiety
  • impulse control (too much, not too little)
  • a functional response to a dysfunctional situation (where you have good reason NOT to be having sex with a person – and your penis knows better than you)

Physical causes of erectile dysfunction

In many cases, erectile dysfunction is caused by something physical. Common causes include:

  • Heart disease
  • Clogged blood vessels (atherosclerosis)
  • High cholesterol
  • High blood pressure
  • Diabetes
  • Obesity
  • Metabolic syndrome — a condition involving increased blood pressure, high insulin levels, body fat around the waist and high cholesterol
  • Parkinson's disease
  • Multiple sclerosis
  • Certain prescription medications
  • Tobacco use
  • Peyronie's disease — development of scar tissue inside the penis
  • Alcoholism and other forms of substance abuse
  • Sleep disorders
  • Treatments for prostate cancer or enlarged prostate
  • Surgeries or injuries that affect the pelvic area or spinal cord

Psychological Factors with ED

While in some cases, psychological factors influencing ED may be due to childhood abuse or other trauma, the most common psychological causes of ED include the following:

Low self-esteem, possibly due to prior incidents of ED and the downward spiral of performance anxiety that can result

Stress, which may be due to non-sexual situations, such as job stress, debt, or non-sexual marital problems

Feelings of guilt, where a man may worry that he does not satisfy his partner

Clinical depression, which can result in ED even when a man is otherwise not uncomfortable with sex (Some drugs for clinical depression can cause ED as well, and men should discuss this with their doctor if applicable.)

What is the link between performance anxiety and ED?

Performance anxiety and ED may be linked in several ways. Stress and anxiety about performing sexually or pleasing a partner can cause sexual dysfunction in both men and women.

When these personal sexual expectations are not met, it may lead to a downward spiral of feeling unworthy or incapable.

In men, these feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem may turn into physical symptoms, such as ED.

Research notes that there is a clear link between a man's state of mind and his ability to perform sexually.

How To Cure Erectile Dysfunction Naturally

You need to understand how your brain is influencing your erection hardness and ability to control ejaculation. When you’re experiencing a sexual “malfunction” it’s because the sexual programs in your brain are random and confused. This is usually due to not receiving a sex education relevant to engaging in the sexual act. With no structure or procedure to perform good sex, random or anxious thoughts lead to either the failure to get an erection, or the loss of erection hardness during sex, or ejaculating without warning.

To cure erectile dysfunction your sexual technique must encompass the whole of the sexual act, inside and outside the bedroom! Think of it as pre-sex preparation which strengthens your overall sexual position and ability to last longer. The best sexual technique enhances your ability to stay connected with your partner while at the same time enabling you to maintain your erection hardness and control the timing of your ejaculation.

Erectile Dysfunction Help

Still feel like you need more help with erectile dysfunction issues? We are here for you!

This audio class will help you understand the underlying causes of Psychological Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and learn the most effective approaches used by thousands of good lovers.

We also want you to know that we are very accessible, supportive and will talk openly with you to answer all of your questions. To give you the support you need, we are happy to take the time to chat with you and find you the right sex therapy practitioner so you can have the sex and relationship you want and deserve.

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