Can Stress Exacerbate ED?

Did you know that stress can cause erectile dysfunction? Stress is common and everyone experiences it. The human body has been designed to feel and react to it. When stress persists, it can result in problems such as ED.

You will be surprised to know that a large number of sexual problems are caused due to psychological factors. Awareness about the different causes and symptoms of these factors can help treat them in an effective manner.

Causes of Stress

Research has found a correlation between stress and erectile dysfunction.

  • Job loss or problems.
  • Fear of aging.
  • Financial burden.
  • Health conditions.
  • Loss or illness of a loved one.
  • Relationship problems such as divorce or breakup.
  • Retirement issues.

Long term anxiety and stress can interfere with the hormone levels in the body and affect its natural process. Anxiety can result in behavioral changes and this can contribute to ED.

Symptoms of Stress

Behavioral and Emotional Symptoms

  • Frequent mood swings.
  • Anger and inability to concentrate.
  • Develop eating disorders.
  • Excessive smoking and drinking.
  • Drug abuse.

Physical Symptoms

  • Erectile dysfunction.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Loss of appetite.
  • Unexplained weight loss or gain.
  • Disturbed sleep pattern.
  • Lose interest in sex.

All men at some point in their life will experience ED. In most cases the problem will disappear when you get out of stressful situations. It is advisable to seek help if the problem persists and starts affecting the relationship with your partner.

Lifestyle changes such as quitting smoking, reduced alcohol use and daily exercise routine can also reduce the risk of sexual dysfunction. Treatment of erectile dysfunction that is caused due to stress and anxiety involves therapy, counselling and medications in some cases.

It is not difficult to cope with stress if you take responsibility for the situation and engage in problem solving. Treatment for ED is often very successful when you learn how to manage stress and anxiety.