Stress – A Prime Cause Of Erectile Dysfunction

Stress - A Prime Cause of Erectile dysfunction

Did you know that any type of stress can cause erectile dysfunction? Problems at work, relationship conflict, illness, financial problems or even fear of aging can be stressful enough to interfere with sexual responses. For some men, erectile dysfunction itself is the cause of their stress.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a type of sexual dysfunction characterized by the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis during sexual activity. It can lead to stress, strained relationship and lowered self-confidence.

How too much stress can cause erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction can be a sign of some underlying physical or psychological condition. Erections are involuntary processes controlled by the brain. However, when you’re suffering from great deal of stress and anxiety, it can affect how your brain signals your body’s physical response. In case of erection of penis, stress and anxiety can interrupt the brain’s messages to the penis and affect the blood flow.

Also, during stressful situations, the body reacts by releasing some hormones (often referred to as the stress hormones) into the bloodstream. Stress hormones act by mobilizing energy from storage, increasing heart rate, blood pressure and breathing rate and they also affect metabolic processes such as digestion, reproduction, growth and immunity.

Stress can also lead to inadequate sleep as well as poor quality of sleep. Reduced sleeping hours and disturbed sleep may result in inadequate testosterone production, because essentially all testosterone is manufactured at night when a person sleeps.

The stress due to performance anxiety is also one of the important causes of erectile dysfunction. It usually occurs when you are stressed about your ability to obtain a strong erection for sexual intercourse. Fear and embarrassment about the same further increase your anxiety that may result in sexual dysfunction such as recurring difficulties in getting an erection.

So, it is extremely important to find out the cause of your stress and look for ways to manage stress effectively to manage this sexual dysfunction and lead a happy sexual life.

Tips to manage stress associated with erectile dysfunction:

  • Talk to experts to manage your stress and anxiety, depression, and other life problems if they are affecting your daily life.
  • As a couple, you may seek help of a counsellor in case of  relationship problems.
  • Sex therapy may help to address intimacy issues.
  • Practice Yogasanas, Meditation to manage your stress effectively.
  • Listening to music or talking to a friend can be helpful.
  • It is equally important to eat a balanced nutritious diet and exercise daily.
  • Get adequate sleep for at least 6 to 8 hours daily.
  • Ayurvedic remedies to combat stress:


Charak Pharma’s SUMENTA tablet is an effective formulation containing herbs having anxiolytic, anti-stress, and adaptogenic actions. These herbs help to reduce stress and anxiety during sexual act without causing any side effects. SUMENTA tablet reduces fatigue and improves the quality of life with increased sense of well-being and enthusiasm.


VIGOMAX FORTE is a comprehensive Ayurvedic medicine formulated by Charak Pharma with over 70 years of Ayurvedic expertise for management of erectile dysfunction. Potent herbs like Gokshur and Ashwagandha in VIGOMAX FORTE help to dilate blood vessels, improve blood circulation as well as promote strength and stamina.

So enjoy a happy sex life by managing stress effectively.

Disclaimer: This content including advice provides generic information only. It is no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult your doctor if suffering from any disease. Charak Pharma Pvt. Ltd. does not claim responsibility for this information.

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