Masters and Johnson did important work on sexual dysfunction in the sixties. Unfortunately, their findings that most men with erectile dysfunction (ED) have a psychological problem set progress back a bit. Medicine is dynamic, not static. We are always learning which is only one of the things I love about practicing medicine.

With much research we have learned that most men with ED have a physical basis for their problem. But, perhaps you do have a psychological cause for your ED.

The mind is the largest sexual organ in the body. Marital conflict, depression, fear, stress, and anxiety can manifest as ED. Anxiety releases adrenaline which makes the penile blood vessels constrict, like a kinked hose. Worrying if your penis will respond intensifies the situation. Now what the heck do I do to help my patient? Even Viagra and the other ED medications didn’t work. So I did what I always do, I studied the topic of helping men achieve an erection with the dedication of a self propelled scholar.

Therapy is always a premier option and I highly suggest seeking counsel. Meanwhile, time is of the essence. If it is psychological in origin, please know that there is an option in the form of penile injections which always work. The needle is very, very tiny and there is a self injector. Please read the section entitled penile injections if you wish to learn more.

Entered May 21, 2011 by Dr. Roberta Foss-Morgan