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What causes sexual performance anxiety?

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Lots of different worries can lead to the problem:

  • Fear that you won't perform well in bed
  • Poor body image
  • Problems in your relationship
  • Worry that your penis won't "measure up"
  • Concern about ejaculating too early or taking too long to reach orgasm
  • Anxiety about not being able to have an orgasm or enjoy the sexual experience

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

Corretti, G. Psychiatric Times, August 2007.

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

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

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on February 4, 2020

SOURCES:

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

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

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

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

Corretti, G. Psychiatric Times, August 2007.

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

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

Reviewed by Nazia Q Bandukwala on February 4, 2020

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