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Can Anxiety Cause Erectile Problems?

by Darci Daneshvari January 20, 2022

Can Anxiety Cause Erectile Problems?

Mental health problems, especially common ones such as depression and anxiety, can affect our daily life; for men, this might mean their sexual health as well. Some research has found that there may be a link between erectile difficulties and anxiety because anxiety affects and disrupts the signals from the brain to the rest of the body, which can affect blood flow and circulation.

Fortunately, there are several different options to help you regain your sexual health and confidence, even if you suffer from chronic anxiety.

The connection between chronic anxiety and erectile issues

When your brain experiences ‘healthy’ stress, such as from exercise or an exciting life change, your body releases testosterone. When you’re sexually stimulated, that extra testosterone helps to relax the blood vessels and cause an erection.

However, when your brain is under unhealthy stress, such as from relationship problems or recent life events, your body typically releases a hormone called cortisol. Cortisol constricts the blood vessels throughout the body, and when blood can’t flow properly, it causes erectile difficulties.

Over time, chronic stress (chronically high cortisol levels) decreases the amount of testosterone your body makes. Low testosterone is common in men with mental health issues like depression and anxiety who experience erectile issues.

Treatment options for anxiety

When erectile problems might be caused by depression or anxiety, healthcare providers will focus first and foremost on treating your mental health issues – whether it’s through therapy, prescription medications, or something else. Once you begin to relieve your mental stressors, erectile symptoms are likely to improve, as well.

Talk therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy are useful ways to help treat a variety of mental health issues. These are usually the first-choice options when you have depression or anxiety. If therapy isn’t enough on its own, your doctor may also recommend prescription medications.

Remedies for erectile difficulties

Once you begin to address your anxiety, you can also opt to help with the physical symptoms of ED and erectile issues through penile exercises and vacuum pumps like VaxAid that can help restore sexual function and improve erectile difficulties.

Vacuum pumps and hydrotherapy are a frequently overlooked way to regain the ability to gain/ maintain an erection. When used, vacuum pumps create a vacuum around the penis, quickly drawing in blood, resulting in an erection. Built to remove the key issues people report with standard vacuum pumps, VaxAid can be used in air (like other pumps), or in water. VaxAid delivers more vacuum power than other pumps, with many users reporting that this leads to quicker (and longer lasting) erections.

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Darci Daneshvari
Darci Daneshvari


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