Erection Problems: Relationships and Life Events Matter
Review the following events and concerns. Did your erection problems begin at this time? If so, this may be a factor. Talk to your partner or others about how this affected you and your relationship.
Events that are sometimes associated with erection problems include:
- Getting a new job or losing a job.
- Getting ready to retire or retiring.
- Entering a new relationship.
- A significant change in an existing relationship, such as the birth of a child or an older child leaving home.
- The death of a longtime sex partner.
Fears and concerns may also contribute to erection problems, including:
- Worry about aging.
- Worry about a partner who has health problems.
- Worry about finances.
- Concerns about poor communication between you and your partner.
All of these situations and others-especially when associated with stress, depression, anger, or anxiety-can cause temporary stress leading to erection problems. Give yourself time to adjust to changes. It is okay if sex is not a priority for a while. Generally after a few weeks, the erection problem may pass.
Primary Medical ReviewerE. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine
Specialist Medical ReviewerChristopher G. Wood, MD, FACS - Urology, Oncology
Current as ofMay 22, 2015