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Possible causes - Relationships

Erection problems can be caused by relationship issues like conflict, a lack of emotional connection or dissatisfaction with the relationship. They can also be due to concerns about sexual performance, such as worry about not fully satisfying a partner. These can create negative emotions that impair or inhibit sexual stimuli and arousal. 

Relationship problems

In a survey 31% of men with EPs admitted they felt a strain on their relationship because of their Erection problem, and 31% broke up with a partner due to the issue.1

Problems or conflicts within relationships can cause EPs by creating negative feelings of doubt and failure, as well as stress, fear, anxiety or anger. EPs can lead to a vicious cycle of increased uneasiness, distance and conflicts.2  This, in turn, leads to a lower frequency of sexual encounters, less time spent together and poor communication between partners in a relationship.  

Performance anxiety

In a survey 25% of men with EP reported losing confidence when dating.1

Sexual performance anxiety is a feeling of nervousness and anxiety before and during sexual activity. It is common and may be due to expectations or concerns about being able to please a partner, or a fear of failure or other sexual dysfunctions, like premature ejaculation. These factors can lead to increased anxiety and EPs, leading to a vicious cycle of failure, avoidance of sex, loss of self-esteem, depression and escalating anxiety.

Erection problems and existing relationships

The cycle of failure and escalating anxiety resulting from EPs can also affect men’s partners.

Typical concerns may be that they are no longer attractive to their partner or that their partner no longer loves or desires them. For men in a relationship, EPs aren’t only happening to the man; they are affecting both partners. Erection problems are troubling, even devastating, to a man, but it can be equally so for his partner.

  1. Co-Op Pharmacy Erectile Dysfunction PR survey – Insight & intelligence Atomik Research April 2020
  2. Hedon F:  Anxiety and erectile dysfunction: a global approach to ED enhances results and quality of life.  International Journal of Impotence Research (2003)

PP-VUJ-GBR-0317 - December 2020