Can stress cause erectile dysfunction?

Yes. Stress can be a cause for psychological erectile dysfunction.

Erections can be reflexive (related to physical stimulation), psychogenic (the result of mental or visual images) and nocturnal (happens during sleep). Erectile dysfunction can be caused if there are disruptions in any of these. Factors involved in an erection include blood vessels, nervous system, muscles, and also emotions.

Chronic stress can affect the way the brain signals the physical response of the body. At the time of erection, the penis gets an extra flow
of blood. When a person is stressed, the flow of blood would get interrupted.

Psychological erectile dysfunction goes with time. A person experiencing erectile dysfunction should take time out for meditation, exercises and indulge in relaxation activities to alleviate the stress so that stress-induced erectile dysfunction can be handled effectively.


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