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What are the symptoms of sexual performance anxiety?

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Your state of mind can have a big impact on your ability to get aroused. Even if you're with someone who you find sexually appealing, worrying about whether you'll be able to please your partner can make it impossible for you to do just that.

One of the effects of the stress hormones is to narrow blood vessels. When less blood flows into your penis, it's more difficult to have an erection. Even guys who normally don't have any trouble getting excited might not be able to get an erection when they're overcome by sexual performance anxiety.

From: Sexual Performance Anxiety WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

McCabe, M.P. , November 2005. International Journal of Stress Management

Hale, V.E. , 1990. Archives of Sexual Behavior

Kandeel, F.R. , CRC Press, 2007. Male Sexual Dysfunction: Pathophysiology and Treatment

Porst, H. , Wiley-Blackwell, 2006. Standard Practice in Sexual Medicine

Corretti, G. , August 2007. Psychiatric Times

Phillips, N.A. , July 2010. American Family Physician

Jacobsen, J.L. 2nd ed., Hanley & Belfus, 2001. Psychiatric Secrets,

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 25, 2017

SOURCES:

McCabe, M.P. , November 2005. International Journal of Stress Management

Hale, V.E. , 1990. Archives of Sexual Behavior

Kandeel, F.R. , CRC Press, 2007. Male Sexual Dysfunction: Pathophysiology and Treatment

Porst, H. , Wiley-Blackwell, 2006. Standard Practice in Sexual Medicine

Corretti, G. , August 2007. Psychiatric Times

Phillips, N.A. , July 2010. American Family Physician

Jacobsen, J.L. 2nd ed., Hanley & Belfus, 2001. Psychiatric Secrets,

Reviewed by Neha Pathak on November 25, 2017

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