Could stress be what is causing penile problems?
ED usually has multiple underlying causes
In most cases, erectile dysfunction (ED) is caused by a mixture of physiologic (body) factors and psychological (mental) factors. Physiologic causes can include problems with blood flow to the penis from conditions like smoking, diabetes, and high blood pressure. The psychological factors can include general anxiety, performance anxiety, depression, and general stress.
Our fast-paced society puts demands on both the brain and the body that can lead to an overload of stress, which can have a big impact on sexual health. Work-related stress is a common contributor to ED and premature ejactulation (PE). Unfortunately, the stress of not being able to perform in the bedroom can then make things even worse.
Simple lifestyle changes may help with ED and PE
The good news is that simple things like getting good sleep (7 to 8 hours a night) and exercising (even just walking for 30 minutes most days of the week) can help lower stress levels. Try starting there. If several weeks of these healthy changes don’t improve things, we’d suggest taking it a step further. Try a simple mindfulness meditation app like Calm or Headspace. Even just a few minutes of easy meditation for beginners can lighten stress, which may help your ED and PE.
Talk to a professional if simple changes don’t help
If those changes don’t make an impact, the experts in sexual health — the American Urological Association (AUA) — recommend getting some help from a mental health professional like a counselor or a therapist. These professionals will have many tools for stress reduction, which can help with ED and PE, even if you’re already taking medicines for these issues.