Whether due to personal expectations or concerns, it is common for men of all ages to experience performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction at some point.
Sexual stress can lead to performance anxiety. This, in turn, can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED), which is a difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection.
Some simple coping methods can help men cope with emergencies related to performance anxiety.
What is the link between performance anxiety and ED?
couple sitting on bed with performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction
Stress and anxiety can cause sexual dysfunction that can lead to erectile dysfunction.
Performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction can be linked in many ways. Stress and anxiety related to sex or partner pleasure can cause sexual dysfunction in men and women.
When these personal sexual expectations are not satisfied, this can lead to an infernal spiral of feeling unworthy or incapable.
In men, these feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem can turn into physical symptoms, such as ED dysfunction.
Research indicates that there is a clear link between a man’s state of mind and his ability to behave sexually.
Causes of performance anxiety
Performance anxiety is usually caused by negative thoughts about a person’s ability to perform well during sexual activity. This may include feelings of sexual inadequacy or the inability to please a partner.These feelings can be influenced by body image, penis size, or perceptions about manhood or the role of man.
More generalized negative thoughts about life can also contribute to performance anxiety.
Stress management at work, in the family or with money can also affect a man’s mental state and contribute to anxiety about performance.
Causes of ED
Drinking can lead to performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction
Smoking, addiction and alcohol can all contribute to erectile dysfunction.
Erectile dysfunction is a symptom caused by a range of complex contributing factors. Erectile dysfunction can occur when there is a disruption in the erection-building process, including the mental state of the man. Erectile dysfunction can also be related to nerves, hormones or even to the bloodstream.
In addition to performance anxiety, the following may contribute to erectile dysfunction:
Some medications can also cause erectile dysfunction, especially those that disrupt or alter hormones, nerves or circulation in the body. These included:
medicines for irregular heartbeat
drugs that affect the prostate
A doctor or pharmacist can help identify these potential side effects before a person starts a new medication.
Performance anxiety affects everyone differently, with everyone responding to stress and anxiety in different ways. In the body, this could produce various symptoms, such as premature ejaculation, inability to reach orgasm or loss of interest in sex.
Physical symptoms of erectile dysfunction include difficulty maintaining or maintaining an erection and may also result in loss of sexual desire.
Avoid the cycle
Many men can fall into a cycle of performance anxiety. Having a disappointing sexual experience from time to time is perfectly normal and the occasional symptoms of erectile dysfunction are usually not disturbing.
However, men suffering from performance anxiety may dwell on this event or consider it a failure. This can cause them to be worried about sexual activity in the future, and this anxiety can cause the ED to continue.
Instead, it is essential that men understand that what they perceive as a sexual failure is a perfectly normal event.
Rather than focusing on the negative outcome, it may be helpful to identify the stressor or worry that has affected the symptoms of erectile dysfunction. The cause may be simple, such as an upcoming project at work or planning a family trip.
Focusing more on the cause than on the symptoms can help a person reduce the pressure to perform well every time, especially in times of increased stress.
Focus on the senses
Many men suffering from performance anxiety mentally relive their perceived sexual failures. They can constantly worry about what their sexual partner thinks or how they will be perceived during sexual activity. One piece of advice to deal with it is to focus the mind on the senses.
During sexual activity, it may be helpful for a man to focus on the sensory experience rather than analyze the event.
Focusing on what the hands feel or what the eyes see can help a man block his anxious thoughts about performance. Using scented candles or romantic music could also add to the sensory experience and alleviate man’s anxiety.
Regular exercise a few times a week can help with ED.
Research has shown that symptoms of erectile dysfunction are related to doing little or no exercise. A simple physical exercise of 20 to 30 minutes several times a week can also reduce the level of stress.
In addition to general exercise, specific exercises can also help the symptoms. Pelvic exercises, such as Kegel exercises, can help strengthen the muscle responsible for pumping blood to the penis during erection. A man can do a Kegel exercise by squeezing the muscles used to stop the flow of urine.
guided meditations, such as guided imagery therapy
It can also be helpful for a man to talk openly with his sexual partners about their performance anxiety. This can reduce stress and their partner can help them find solutions to relieve their anxiety.
When to see a doctor
Although taking personal measures to help performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction can help many men, it can happen that a doctor is involved.
Anyone who continues to feel anxious after taking steps to reduce their symptoms may wish to talk to a doctor about their level of stress or anxiety,Men who develop symptoms that worsen or appear more frequently over time should also consult a doctor.
Physicians can do a physical exam or blood tests to help identify the underlying physical causes of erectile dysfunction and ask questions about a person’s mental health and stress level.
Doctors may also have more tips on managing performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction. Working with a health professional, many men can find a therapy or treatment to relieve their symptoms and encourage positive sexual experiences.