Responsible for about 10%-20% of all cases of erectile dysfunction, psychological factors are often a secondary reaction to an underlying physical cause. Psychological ED may also arise from child abuse or sexual trauma.
Performance anxiety is an emotional disturbance experienced during the excitement phase. Doubts about one’s ability to perform inhibits performance. While psychological counseling may help in overcoming self-consciousness and uncovering the underlying causes, many men find that the use of PDE-5 inhibitors, such as Vardenafil (Viagra), Sildenafil (Levitra), and Tadalafil (Cialis) have become the first-line ED treatment, whatever the specific ED causes. Depression, relationship problems, and a loss of hope in one's life can negatively affect relationships with a sesxual partner, as well as with friends and family. Pornography addiction is a recent trend that affects sexual performance in a negative way, and can contribute to ED. The easy availability of porn online, the unreasonable standards, and fantasy-based environment it promotes can enervate as it stimulates, and will often dissociate men from real life and genuine sexual intimacy.
ED Specialists are prepared to address any of the many possible ED causes with a range of ED treatments tailored to each individual patient. In addition to PDE-5 inhibitors, penile surgery, and other ED treatments, psychological counseling can often be used in combination with other ED treatments.
Acoustic wave therapy for ED is another recent innovation men may want to consider. Shockwave therapy is a non-drug alternative that employs the use of sound waves to stimulate better sexual performance, and has proven to be the most effective ED treatment for many. Acoustic wave therapy treats more than ED signs and symptoms, and stimulates healthy tissue growth, increases blood flow, and promotes greater sensitivity and performance. Shockwave’s acoustic wave therapy for ED may also provide psychological benefits as well as physical ones.
Shockwave does not require the use of drugs, and offers more than short term results. A Shockwave therapy program usually includes 6 treatments, one every other day for two weeks, or twice a week for three weeks. Once the program is completed, patients report experiencing longer lasting erections and improved sexual function, and the effect of the treatment can sometimes last up to two years. Like with Viagra and other potency drugs, acoustic wave therapy for ED may be used in combination with psychological counseling to achieve the most effective ED treatment.
If you are suffering from ED, the causes may be physical, they may derive from psychological issues such as performance anxiety, depression, relationships problems, and even pornography addiction. Learn more about psychological ED from a specialist, and overcome your ED problems.