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Does anxiety play a role in erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Anxiety can lead to erectile dysfunction. When a man starts to worry, all the systems of the body go on alert. This changes the action of nerves, muscles and blood flow, all of which can affect the man's ability to get an erection. Anxiety about erectile dysfunction can create a kind of vicious cycle.

Always talk to your doctor if you are unable to get or maintain an erection more than 25 percent of the time.

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