Can Anxiety Cause Erectile Dysfunction?

Posted December 15, 2021
By Dr. Boris Schwartz In Erectile Dysfunction

Anxiety is a common ailment that effects millions of men in America, but there are ways to combat sexual anxiety and improve your ability to get and maintain an erection. 

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a common condition that affects about 18 million American men over the age of 20 at some point in their lives. Anxiety is one of the main causes of this issue  – affecting a large percentage of those who engage in sexual intercourse, and this results in a variety of side effects.

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Most people in the Phoenix area don’t really know that anxiety is one of the main causes of erectile dysfunction. Understanding this fact is the first step to overcoming erectile dysfunction and working on fixing the issue. 

Shockwave therapy in the form of GAINSWave technology has the potential to make it much easier to get and maintain an erection during sex, and it also increases pleasurable snesation and overall blood flow health. While it cannot cure your anxiety, it can help you to conquer it by making you feel more confident about your sexual ability.  

What Causes Erectile Dysfunction? 


As you age, the risk of developing ED increases. With gradually declining levels of testosterone, having trouble maintaining an erection is often a direct result of the aging process.

Many men that we have seen in the Phoenix area experience ED at some point in their lives regardless of declining levels of testosterone or other blood-flow restricting conditions, which leads many to believe that erectile dysfunction also has some additional mental risk factors.

The good news is that the cause of your ED can usually be identified, and there are treatments available to help you overcome your sexual difficulties. 

The causes of ED can be both psychological and physical. Studies have consistently shown that psychological factors are the most common cause of ED, despite the common belief that age and hormonal issues are the most common contributor. Psychological causes, such as hormonal imbalances, are usually curable. This includes stress and anxiety. Along with exercise and a healthy diet, treating your ED alongside sexual health professionals in Phoenix can become a much easier and effective process. 

Increased stress and anxiety can also increase your risk for other conditions that may cause ED, such as:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • High cholesterol levels
  • Obesity
  • Excessive alcohol consumption
  • Diabetes

The Effects Of Anxiety

In order to understand how anxiety affects your ability to obtain and maintain an erection, it is important to understand what bodily mechanisms contribute to a healthy erectile reaction. There are three main mechanisms by which an erection can occur: reflexive (due to physical stimulation), psychogenic (due to visual or mental associations), and nocturnal (during sleep). 

In order for an erection to be stimulated, the path from neural stimulation to physical reaction needs to be uninterrupted. In other words – you can’t stress!

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People with chronic anxiety and stress or those with performance anxiety are consistently interrupting their own ability to enjoy sexual intercourse just by worrying and not just shutting their brains off for a second. Instead of relaxed blood vessels and a comfortable and sensual experience, anxiety causes blood vessel tightening, trembling, and reduced pleasure.

All of these processes, especially the restriction of blood flow, take away from your body’s ability to maintain an erection and the signaling required to trigger and maintain it. 

Stress and anxiety about erectile dysfunction can also contribute to a cycle of ongoing problems due to increased anxiety with each negative experience. Experiencing this repeatedly can lead to a predisposition to immediately thinking about your ED, triggering an anxious response. The reasons for ED vary per age group, but generally follow:

  • Psychological ED (mainly nervousness and anxiety) affects about 90 percent of teenagers and young men. These events can be short-lived until a healthy sexual relationship is developed.
  • Personal and professional stress, such as relationship troubles, is the main reason for ED in middle-aged men.
  • Physical impotence is the most common cause for older men due to health concerns, which mainly include a natural decrease in key hormones related to sexual health. 

Overall, anxiety about sex, no matter the cause, is a troublesome psychological side effect that leads to real physical symptoms that take away your body’s ability to maintain an erection and enjoy sex. If anxiety is hindering your ability to perform sexually, there is hope with new advances in erectile dysfunction treatments. 


Find Relief From Erectile Dysfunction With GAINSWave

There is no magical quick fix for erectile dysfunction. However, treatment providers in the Phoenix area are offering a revolutionary new treatment that is non-invasive and providing men with unbelievable results.

Men are discovering that beginning a steady regimen of shockwave therapy using GAINSWave alongside diet and exercise can lead to improved performance, stamina, and girth over time. Reach out to your local men’s health doctor to determine your cause of ED and the treatment method that will be most effective for your needs. 

Remember, your impotence and erectile dysfunction symptoms may be treatable and even curable if the proper steps are taken to improve health and psychological function towards your erectile dysfunction. 

Contact the ED specialists at Original Health Institute today at 602-788-4333 to learn more about the different erectile dysfunction treatment options we offer.