Are you struggling with erectile dysfunction? When men struggle to get and maintain an erection, it’s a worrying and frustrating time. Although experiencing erection issues is completely normal from time to time, when the problem starts to become more frequent, and it begins to impact your sex life, relationships and happiness, that’s when you should consider seeking medical help or take a look at therapy ED.
Many reasons might be behind your erection problems. Here we’ll take a look at 6 of the most common reasons.
6 Reasons Why You Might Have Erection Problems
1. You’re already battling depression
The brain plays an important part in sexual arousal and/ achievingmaintaining an erection. If you’re already fighting mental battles and struggling with depression, then it’s hardly surprising that your sex drive is suffering. Also, if you’re currently on medication for your depression, then that can also harm your ability to become aroused.
2. You overindulge on alcohol
Sometimes a little tipple helps us get in the mood and helps us lose a few of our inhibitions. However, if you overindulge on alcohol, especially on a regular basis, then you’re going to experience the frustration of ED much more frequently.
3. You’re on certain medications
We mentioned above how certain anti-depressants can impact your sexual performance. But other drugs can have a similar effect. Heart and blood pressure medicines and even some pain medicines can lead to erection problems. Recreational drugs can also have a negative effect in the bedroom too. If you’re currently taking medication and you’re worried that they’re impacting your sexual performance, speak with your doctor and under no circumstances should you stop taking your medications unless you are instructed to do so.
4. You’re constantly stressed
Work, financial problems, relationships, social life, deadlines – modern life isn’t always easy, which means that stress is part of everyday life. Sadly, when stress starts to creep into the bedroom, it can have a terribly negative impact on your sex life and your ability to get and maintain an erection. The easiest way to combat stress is to remove the stressors in your life as best you can and select some straightforward methods to help reduce your stress levels as much as possible. Exercise, counselling, breathing techniques etc.
5. You’re already worrying about your performance
Performance anxiety is more common than you might think. And if you’re overly concerned about the satisfaction of your partner, or you’re worrying you won’t be able to perform then you’re setting yourself up for failure! The fear of intimacy will only make getting an erection more difficult. It’s this kind of problem that can cause serious problems within your relationships, especially if your partner isn’t aware of your performance anxiety and thinks that they are to blame. Communication is key!
6. You’re carrying a few extra pounds
The classic middle-aged spread isn’t doing your erection problems any favours. When you’re overweight, your blood pressure is higher, making blood flow to the penis restrictive, and you’ll have lower levels of testosterone, the key ingredient to getting and maintaining an erection.