If you are suffering in the bedroom department and feel as though you are unable to ‘perform’ then it is likely that you couldn’t care less what the cause is - you would just like to find a solution!
The point is that if we know the cause, we are much better placed to find the solution. The best way to do this is to consult your GP and ask for his advice. Whilst this may lead to more anxiety for some men who may already be feeling a degree of inadequacy, it is important that we find the root of the problem in order to treat it
Erectile dysfunction has both physical and psychological causes and for any one individual it may be that there is a combination of these causes present; however, the performance anxiety can in itself result in erectile dysfunction and we need to rule out any possible physical causes in order that we can look at the possibility of performance anxiety being the main issue.
There are a variety of physical conditions that can either directly cause or contribute to erectile dysfunction. Invariably, if the physical condition in some way interferes with the vascular health of the individual and so contributes to or causes a restricted circulation to the penis, this is likely to interfere with the ability to achieve or maintain an erection.
Conditions that can have this effect on the body are:-
In some cases, erectile dysfunction that a person has suffered as a result of physical disease can lead to performance anxiety as he becomes anxious about his ability to perform in the future as he has had a problem in the past
For a person with sexual performance anxiety, it may be that he worries and so feels anxious about his ability to please his partner sexually and this may manifest in anxiety about a number of issues. He may, for instance, be concerned about one or a combination of the following:-
The use of pornography can lead to or make performance anxiety worse when an individual compares their own sexual experiences with those depicted on the screen. Pornography, after all, is seldom intended to depict reality but more sexual fantasy.
In general, it is negative thought processes that result in performance anxiety and so other spheres of life may also lead to performance anxiety such as the inability to provide for the family following redundancy, worries about work in general, anxiety about children and personal relationships to name a few.
Performance anxiety manifests not only as of the inability to achieve and maintain an erection but also includes loss of libido and problems ejaculating
Treatment for the physical causes of erectile dysfunction can be sought through your GP. If your erectile dysfunction has performance anxiety as its cause, there are a number of approaches you can try to help alleviate the problem
At the end of the day, performance anxiety is not rare and is a normal reaction to the many pressures of life. It is eminently treatable and if you have erectile dysfunction that is directly attributable to the performance anxiety, treatment for the anxiety will undoubtedly help improve the erectile dysfunction
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