Psychological Aspects of Erectile Dysfunction
- 6 Months ago
Psychological factors are accountable for about 10%-20% of all cases of erectile dysfunction. Sometimes, the psychological effects of ED may stem from childhood abuse or sexual trauma. Most men at one time or another will experience ED.
The psychological aspects of erectile dysfunction include:
Anxiety: When a man experiences ED, he may become extremely worried that it will happen again which can in turn leads to "performance anxiety" or a fear of sexual failure.
Stress: Stress can be money-related, job-related or the result of marital problems, among other factors.
Guilt: A man may feel guilty that he is not satisfying his partner.
Depression: A very common cause of ED. Depression can affect an individual physically and psychologically, and can cause ED even when a man is completely comfortable in sexual situations. Medication that is used to treat depression may also cause ED.
Indifference: This may come as a result of age or a loss of interest in sex, stemming from medications or problems in a couple's relationship.
Low self-esteem: Low self esteem can be due to previous episodes of ED or could also be a result of other problems unrelated to sexual performance.
All men experience ED at some point in their life. Only if ED becomes persistent or becomes a source of distress, one should consider seeking medical treatment. However, regardless of what causes ED, the availability of medication and treatment can help men suffering from ED. Do not hesitate to contact your doctor!