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 worrying about sexual inadequacy or the inability to please a partner.
Factors that can influence these feelings include:
perceptions of virility
ideas about gender roles
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.
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Causes of ED
ED can happen when various contributing factors interact, including:
mental health and psychological factors
Other things that may contribute to ED include:
loss of attraction
low testosterone levels
alcohol or drug abuse
nerve damage from diabetes
Some medications may also cause ED, especially those that disrupt or alter the hormones, nerves, or blood pressure.
high blood pressure medications
drugs for an irregular heartbeat
drugs that affect the prostate
A doctor or pharmacist can help identify potential side effects before a person starts a new medication.