Is it performance anxiety or erectile dsyfunction?

30th April 2021

Is it performance anxiety or erectile dysfunction?

It’s very important to talk about your health concerns. As a society, it’s well-known that men especially do not speak about their own bodies and health worries. But a recent side effect of talking about erectile dysfunction is the rising anxiety levels within young men. As the awareness of ED grows, so has the concern from many young men that they themselves are suffering from bouts of erectile dysfunction. However, this in fact may be a psychological issue brought on by the young men themselves. By worrying about your sexual performance, this can cause a mental block essentially psyching yourself out of the sexual excitement and causing your penis to lose its firmness. This incident can play on your mind and cause future mental blocks, possibly leading to concerns that this is erectile dysfunction.

What causes performance anxiety?

Performance anxiety can appear in any area where a person is concerned about their performance whilst doing something. Sexually, performance anxiety can be extremely debilitating and can ruin a sexual moment for someone or a couple. One episode of sexual performance anxiety can cause a spiral of future moments, making it difficult to let go.

There are several issues which can cause performance anxiety:

  • Stress

External causes of stress such as worrying about work-related matters, family issues or even financial matters, things that aren’t related to sex at all, can cause the person to lose the ability to focus whilst in the moment.

  • Low confidence
  • Body image issues
  • Fear of rejection
  • Concern over an unsatisfactory sexual experience for both themselves and their partner

Very often, the issue is nothing to do with the sexual activity taking place. Someone who is very attracted to their partner or who has never had any issues with their sexual performance before can experience performance anxiety.

What can I do if I have performance anxiety?

Performance anxiety can be overcome and there are multiple treatment options to consider. It’s important to find the treatment that feels right for you.

  • Speaking to your partner

It’s commonly known that talking about a problem can often help you cope with it much easier, and communication within a relationship is key. Performance anxiety can be difficult not only for the sufferer but also for their partner, as they may believe that the problems can be due to them. Are they no longer attracted to me? Is it something I did? Discussing how you’re feeling with your partner is a great opportunity to help calm your nerves by talking about what you’re comfortable with and maybe find some creative solutions. Their support will help massively to remove any guilt or stigma.

  • Therapy

Psychology therapy is a great option for overcoming performance anxiety. It’s a good way to speak to someone outside of the situation about what you’re going through and feeling without any bias. A therapist can help you to understand your body and to help you manage your anxiety. By providing guidance on how to change your behavioural patterns, they can assist you in how to cope once the anxiety thoughts creep into your head.

  • Lifestyle changes

Your diet and exercise patterns will have a massive affect on your sexual activity. Exercise boosts endorphins, promoting internal happiness and relieving any stress. Pelvic floor exercises are an amazingly effective way of strengthening the muscles that are essential to sexual performance. Pelvic floor exercises are useful for everyone as they can both reduce symptoms of erectile dysfunction in men and can help women to experience stronger orgasms.

If you decide to opt for medication, at EU Meds we have a variety of erectile dysfunction medication options for you to order and collect from your local pharmacy.