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Can work stress lead to erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine
There once was a time, long before Viagra (sildenafil) was on the market and erectile dysfunction (ED) commercials dominated airwaves during football games, when doctors thought ED was caused by stress and anxiety. Imagine! We now know that about 75% of all ED cases have a physical cause, usually arterial disease that can be treated. And satisfying sex requires your mind and body to work together like Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen did.
If you already have ED, pressure at work, relationship problems, and other life stresses can make having an erection more difficult by causing anxiety about sexual performance. Worrying about your erection is as detrimental to your fun as being grounded was back in the day. This is where drugs such as Viagra can really help. They provide a long-lasting, firm erection that isn’t affected by your stress level. So, talk to your doctor about it, set up a romantic evening for you and your partner, and enjoy the non-physical part of a great union as well!

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