Erectile dysfunction: Psychological causes

In 10-20% of all cases, erectile dysfunction is caused by psychological factors. Often erectile dysfunction is a secondary response to some underlying physical cause. In some cases, erectile dysfunction can occur as a reaction on childhood violence or sexual trauma. However, the most common psychological cause of erectile dysfunction are the following:

  • Stress: stress can be caused by problems with job, money and family.
  • Fear: if a man have had failure before he may become too worried that it can happen again. This leads to such syndrome as “fear of failure” and, consequently, to erectile dysfunction.
  • Sense of guilt: men can feel guilty because he can not satisfy his partner.
  • Depression: depression is a very common cause of erectile dysfunction. A man can have erectile dysfunction even when he feels quite comfortable during an intercourse. Medications to treat depression can also cause erectile dysfunction.
  • Low self-esteem: it can occur as a result of previous sexual failures, a man can have a feeling of inferiority. There may be some other reason of low self-esteem not associated with sexual life.
  • Lack of sexual drive: it can be age-related as men with age can lose interest in sex. Some other causes of the lack of sexual drive are medications and family problems.

All men at some point in their life can face erectile dysfunction. There is concern when erectile dysfunction can not be overcome, when it occurs in 50% of cases or if it is a source of stress for a man. In these cases, it is necessary to consult a doctor. Men who have psychological causes for their erectile dysfunction may need treatment.