Sex is a natural – and pretty terrific – function of life. But for many men, sex can lead to feelings of anxiety, which can ultimately lead to erectile dysfunction (ED).

The Link Between Performance Anxiety and ED

Research suggests a clear link between a man’s mental state and his ability to perform sexually. Performance anxiety is usually caused by negative thoughts about a man’s ability to perform “well enough” during sexual activity. A man may not feel confident about his body, penis size, or ability to please his partner.

But other things can lead to a man’s inability to perform well during sex. For example, suppose he is dealing with a lot of stress at work or home or having financial difficulties. In that case, this mental stress contributes to performance anxiety.

Together with this mental stress, and its effect on a man’s ability to perform can ultimately lead to erectile dysfunction (ED), where a man has trouble getting or maintaining an erection.
How a man deals with that stress can also affect his ability to get or maintain an erection. For instance, if a man deals with the tension in his life by smoking, drinking too much alcohol, or abusing other kinds of drugs, these lifestyle factors can all contribute to ED.

Research suggests a clear link between a man’s mental state and his ability to perform sexually.

How Sex Coaching Can Help

Many men suffering from ED decide to get a prescription for Viagra or some other medication. The problem with this is twofold: one, they are not getting to the root of the problem, which is the stress in their life, and two, many prescription medications can come with unwanted side effects.

A much better approach is to eliminate the stress and anxiety in your life. This will help your sexual performance as well as your overall health and well-being.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is very effective in helping men regain a happy and fulfilling sex life. A Sex Coach can help a male client discover what is bothering him and offer coping tools to help him healthily navigate his emotions.

CBT can be conducted one-on-one or used as part of relationship therapy, depending on the needs and preferences of the client.

If you are suffering from performance anxiety and/or erectile dysfunction and would like to explore treatment options, please contact me.

I’d be more than happy to discuss how I may be able to help.