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Is it normal to sometimes have trouble getting an erection?

Madeleine M. Castellanos, MD
Psychiatry
Most men have trouble getting or staying hard from time to time. That's normal, and you can usually trace it back to nervousness about a new relationship or a night out pounding back beers with the guys, for example. Try not to jump to conclusions: In many cases, it is a fleeting, situational event that shouldn't be cause for concern, and doesn't indicate a lack of attraction to you or a loss of sexual function. So don't sweat it. The best thing to do is to move on to other enjoyable activities (such as kissing, breast stimulation, sensual massage, oral play) or call it a night.

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