Erectile Dysfunction and Premature Ejaculation – The Psychological Connection

Human sexuality is intertwined with almost every other aspect of the human condition. Nutrition, physical fitness and mental health all play a huge role in sexual satisfaction and performance. Although many people think problems in the bedroom have to be treated in different ways depending on what the issue is, many of them are interconnected. Many men, for example, struggle with both erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation.

Although there are a number of potential causes for sexual performance problems, both stress and anxiety are common denominators. Mentally, both stress and anxiety can be draining, shifting a man’s focus from his health and happiness to concerns involving work or relationships. Sometimes his concerns can even be very vague, and he may have a hard expressing exactly what they ware. This sort of generalized anxiety is increasingly common these days and is often associated with a busy lifestyle and not enough time for rest and relaxation in order to renew mind, spirit and body.

The Power of Your Mind

Power of your mindThese days, there are a number of medical treatments for both erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation. These medical options include pharmaceutical treatments as well as semi-invasive procedures. Botox injections, for example, have emerged as an effective treatment for early ejaculation but the idea of having an injection directly into the penis makes it an option many men don’t consider until the condition becomes chronic.

Natural options, on the other hand, often include simple healthy lifestyle changes which doctors recommend for a host of conditions. Changes in diet and an increase in physical fitness are now the number one recommendation by doctors for men dealing with sexual performance issues. If this doesn’t produce any margin of progress over time, the next step typically involves stress or anger management. This trifecta of natural treatments are recommended for both impotence and ejaculatory problems.

In fact, for many men, these problem occur hand in hand. Premature ejaculation is the most common form of sexual dysfunction and is thought to affect nearly every man at one point or another. The anxiety this condition can cause also creates tension within a relationship which then adds to the stress a man feels. Carrying those emotions around with no relief and no way to help lighten the load often results in problem achieving or maintaining an erection which, of course, only adds to the problem.

When sexual performance problems become compounded treatment plans can be harder to develop without the help of a medical professional. This is where reaching out to your general doctor or a mental health professional can be perfect. He or she can work with you to determine which problem came first and how they are contributing to each other. While some men may shy away from asking for help with this issue, even the simple act of reaching out and discussing the issue often relieves much of the burden. For those who simply can’t bring themselves to do it, online forums and communities focused on male sexual health offer a viable alternative. In some cases, the effects can be just as positive and, even if they aren’t, discussing the issues openly is a good way to make therapy seem less intimidating.

The human mind can work wonders. Positive feedback, visualization and even affirmations have all been proven to have scientific and medical merit. Unfortunately this power sometimes works the other way and ones problems, such as premature ejaculation, can sometimes pave the way for additional issues to crop up. Approaching these issues by addressing the psychological angle often yields the most effective results as it addresses each problem at its core. Tackling the stress or anxiety at the root of performance issues once and for all may take more time than medical options, but the long lasting results make it a worthwhile investment.