Erectile Dysfunction & Stress Effects

Strategies to Combat Stress-Related Erectile Dysfunction

Taking extra shifts at work, working longer hours, promotions, and there’s no doubt, you’re stressed to your outer limits. It doesn’t take a psychology degree to know that the rest of your life starts to suffer. You forgot to go to Johnny’s baseball game, you couldn’t make it to hang out with your friends after leaving the office, and your performance in the bedroom is less than you’d like.

In order to maintain an erection, many processes of the parasympathetic nervous system, responsible for sexual arousal, salivation, and digestion among other functions, must be in charge. When stressed, however, the sympathetic nervous system, responsible for the fight-or-flight response, takes over and the parasympathetic nervous system loses control. Luckily, there are many steps that can be taken to reduce stress and maintain parasympathetic control in order to maintain optimal performance in the bedroom.

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