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Overcoming Sexual Performance Anxiety

Sexual performance anxiety and erectile dysfunction are common sexual problems.

Concerns about a partner’s expectations and personal worries are among the contributing factors.

Stress about sex can lead to performance anxiety. This, in turn, can lead to erectile dysfunction (ED), which is when a person has difficulty getting or keeping an erection.

Some simple coping methods may help people deal with ED when it stems from performance anxiety.

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 anyone, regardless of their sex.

When a person feels unable to meet a partner’s sexual expectations, they may start feeling unworthy or incapable.

These feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem may lead to physical symptoms, such as ED.

Researchers list psychological factors as one of several causes of ED. In other words, a person’s state of mind can affect their ability to perform sexually.

Causes of performance anxiety

Performance anxiety typically results from a person’s negative thoughts about their ability to perform well during sexual activity. A person may be worried about sexual inadequacy or the inability to please a partner.

Factors that can influence these feelings to include:

  • body image
  • penis size
  • perceptions of virility
  • ideas about gender roles
  • relationship issues
  • the use of internet porn

Dealing with financial concerns, family issues, or stress at work may also affect a person’s mental state and contribute to performance anxiety.

Causes of ED

ED can happen when various contributing factors interact, including:

  • hormonal balance
  • neurological factors
  • blood circulation
  • mental health and psychological factors

Other things that may contribute to ED include:

  • depression
  • disinterest
  • loss of attraction
  • stress
  • low testosterone levels
  • smoking
  • alcohol or drug abuse
  • chronic illnesses
  • kidney disorders
  • nerve damage from diabetes
  • stroke
  • injury
  • pelvic irradiation
  • recent surgery
  • some medications may also cause ED.

ED and mental health

ED is not just a physical problem. It can affect a person’s mental health, relationships, and social life.

Experts have found links between ED and:

  • anxiety
  • depression
  • stress
  • low self-confidence
  • low self-esteem
  • relationship difficulties
  • sleep issues

These can trigger performance anxiety, and they can also result from it. If a person has an erection on waking in the morning but not during sexual activity, there may be an emotional or psychological cause. Psychological treatment and counseling, such as cognitive behavioral therapy, may help overcome concerns about sexual performance and ED.

Symptoms

Performance anxiety affects everyone differently, as not everyone responds to stress and anxiety in the same way. In addition to ED, performance anxiety could lead to:

  • premature ejaculation
  • an inability to orgasm
  • a lack of interest in sex

Research also suggests that heterosexual people who experience performance anxiety may be more likely to seek sexual experiences outside of a steady relationship. The physical symptoms of ED include difficulty getting or keeping an erection. It may also lead to a loss of sexual desire.

When to see a doctor?

If symptoms do not improve with lifestyle and relaxation techniques, or if they worsen over time, medical treatment may help.

A doctor may:

  • ask about symptoms
  • carry out a physical examination
  • perform blood tests to help identify any physical causes
  • ask questions about mental health and stress levels

A healthcare professional can help a person find a therapy or treatment that relieves their symptoms and encourages positive sexual experiences.

Treatment

There are various ways to treat sexual performance anxiety and ED. A doctor will prescribe a treatment plan after identifying the cause of the problem.

Our Ed Treatment Pro Clinic uses advanced methods of treatment for erectile dysfunction.

The main ones are:

The American Urological Association recommends that partners, too, should discuss the treatment options and their risks and benefits with the doctor, as this may increase the chance of a positive outcome.