Is the Pandemic Leading to More Erectile Dysfunction?

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Are side effects of the pandemic leading to unfortunate side effects in the bedroom?

Urologist Dr. Aaron Spitz, author of “The Penis Book,” says the excess stress most people are dealing with has caused more men to develop erectile dysfunction.

"Stress affects our ability to perform sexually and stress can wipe out the desire to have sex," he explains, saying when the body is under extra stress the body's adrenaline will divert blood away from less important parts of the body (like the penis) and direct the blood towards areas like the heart, lungs, and brain. All of this can lead to trouble getting and keeping an erection, Dr. Spitz says.

Unfortunately, once someone has this performance issue, the next time they have sex, anxiety about the last failed effort can cause the body to release more adrenaline and direct blood to the wrong part of the body, and cause yet another erection issue. 

Dr. Spitz says working with a therapist if the erectile dysfunction is stress-related can help, or if needed, a prescribed medication might also be the answer.

*As always, speak to your doctor if you are having a sexual performance issue like erectile dysfunction.

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