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 Erectile Dysfunction and Performance Anxiety: Understanding the Link

 Erectile Dysfunction and Performance Anxiety: Understanding the Link

Many men experience some form of performance anxiety when it comes to sex. Whether it's the first time having sex with a partner or discomfort about their body, performance anxiety can make it hard to get and keep an erection.

Living with performance anxiety can lead to erectile dysfunction, just as the latter can make it difficult to perform during sex, linking the two issues together.

Dr. Chong-Min Kim and Dr. David Shusterman are urology experts at NY Urology who specialize in erectile dysfunction treatment using the Erection Wave technology. Addressing erectile dysfunction can help with performance anxiety as well.

The facts on erectile dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a problem that affects men at any age and happens due to various physical and mental conditions. If you have ED, you either have trouble getting an erection, keeping an erection during sex, or losing desire for sex.

Various medical problems lead to a problem with erectile dysfunction. Blood vessel disorders are one cause, with other issues impacting your ability to hold an erection, including:

Medical conditions aren't the only cause of ED, though; certain medications can also cause problems with erections. Diuretics, antidepressants, and muscle relaxers can all lead to ED before or during sex.

Performance anxiety is another cause of erectile dysfunction during sexual activity. If you're concerned about pleasing your partner, it makes keeping or getting an erection difficult due to mental anxiety.

Understanding performance anxiety

Performance anxiety happens when you're in your head so much about sex that you can't get or keep an erection. Various problems can lead to performance anxiety with your partner, including:

Stress from work, financial problems, or family can also lead to performance anxiety. Any of these issues affect your mental ability to get in the mood for sex. It may even make it difficult to keep an erection or get excited about sex.

Men with performance anxiety often stress so much about pleasing their partner during sex or being inadequate in bed that they physically can't perform sex, sometimes due to ED.

How are the two issues linked?

The truth is that erectile dysfunction and performance anxiety often go hand-in-hand regarding sex. For instance, men with performance anxiety may not be able to sustain an erection to perform sex.

The anxiety they get from worrying about issues like body image and penis size causes so much stress that they're unable to get excited enough to hold an erection for sex.

Living with erectile dysfunction from a medical condition also leads to problems with performance anxiety. Whether you're dealing with ED due to medical problems or are taking a medication that leads to erection issues, performance anxiety usually follows.

Knowing you're unable to perform at the drop of a hat for your partner is tough to deal with mentally. The thought of having ED and wondering if you'll be able to please your partner usually results in performance anxiety.

Luckily, the team at NY Urology provides several treatments that can help. We provide medications and lifestyle changes to help you deal with ED and performance anxiety.

Don't continue to let your ego suffer from erectile dysfunction or performance anxiety — call us today to make an appointment or book a consultation online using our convenient scheduling tool.  

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