Dealing with erectile dysfunction can be one of the most heart-wrenching, frightening issues for a guy. This is especially true if there appears to be no physical cause of the problem. With a physical cause, at least a guy has the knowledge that modern medicine can help fix the issue; but when the source of his penis problems is psychological, it can mean that he doesn’t know where to start to fix the problem. In addition to great penis care, a man might also need to look into better mental and emotional care – and that’s not easy for most men to face.
These kinds of penis problems are not rare. In fact, up to 20% of men who suffer from erectile dysfunction have a psychological issue as the root of the problem. And for some, what appears to be a physical problem can eventually lead to mental and emotional worries, which might drive that percentage up much higher.
How to resolve psychological issues and penis problems
Here are a few things that might contribute to penis problems on a psychological level, as well as what a man can do about them.
1. Worries about a small penis. Men are conditioned to believe that bigger is better. That’s why they often obsess over the size of their penis; and even if they are in the ‘normal’ range, that doesn’t seem to be enough. They take a dim view of their size, which means they often take a dim view of their prowess in the sack. Their worries about size means they already have significant psychological issues to overcome in order to enjoy their time in bed with a partner; some men have trouble doing that, and thus, have trouble getting it up. A man should be realistic about his size and realize that it really comes down to his actions in bed – not the size of the equipment he brings to the party.
2. Worries about performance. A guy who is constantly worried about his performance in bed might find that getting it up becomes more difficult. When a man has one situation in which he suffers erectile dysfunction in bed, he can easily become worried about it happening again. This worry becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and he notices that he has trouble more often. This results in a vicious cycle that can prevent him from performing with a partner at all – but when it comes to solo play, he can get it up just fine. Counseling can help significantly with performance anxiety issues.
3. Worries about relationships. Often, a man who is in a relationship in which he is unsure might find himself unable to perform as he used to. This often points to a serious problem with trust, respect or other issues in the relationship that spill over into the bedroom. The best way to combat this is to have a long, honest discussion with a partner, and look into counseling if necessary.
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