Erectile Dysfunction Therapy in Los Angeles: Causes and Symptoms
Psychological Causes of Erectile Dysfunction can include:
- Performance Anxiety
- Negative Body Image
- Low Self Esteem/Self Confidence
- Relationship Issues
- Difficulty with Intimacy
- Psychological Trauma
- Physical, Psychological, or Sexual Abuse
- Pornography Addiction
- “Madonna / Whore ” Complex
- Lack of sexual experience
Erectile Dysfunction therapy addresses the psychological sources of ED. Generally these are anxiety related. Sometimes they can be a result of trauma. Other times they can be due to a lack of self confidence. No matter what the cause, erectile dysfunction is often distressing. Additionally, it tends to be cyclical. Once you have had the experience of losing your erection, it can create a cycle of fear and doubt. This leaves many men wondering “What if it doesn’t work the next time?” or even worse, “What if I never get an erection again?”
What Do I Do in Erectile Dysfunction Therapy?
Erectile Dysfunction therapy includes exploring your sexual history, your sexual beliefs, and your confidence and anxiety levels. From there we can determine the best approach to addressing your sexual concerns. I use a variety of Cognitive Behavioral tools, psychodynamic exploration, breathing exercises, and body based exploration in order to improve sexual functioning.
What if it’s physical?
Some of the physical contributors to Erectile Dysfunction include:
- Drug Side Effects (some antihypertensives, antidepressants, statins, alcohol, opiates, marijuana)
- High Blood Pressure
- High Cholesterol
- Poor Cardiovascular Health
- Nerve Damage
- Venous Leak
- Hormones (low testosterone, hypothyroidism
- Peyronie’s Disease
For men who struggle with Erectile Dysfunction, I recommend that you meet with a urologist in order to rule out any potential physical causes of ED. If you are able to obtain an erection while masturbating but struggle with erectile dysfunction with a partner, this may be a sign that your erectile problems are psychologically based. If your Erectile Dysfunction is a result of physical concerns, attending sex therapy can still be helpful. It can help alleviate any associated shame and assist you in finding ways to enjoy and embrace your sexuality despite any physical limitations.
Interested in Erectile Dysfunction Therapy?
Contact Los Angeles Sex Therapist Natalie for a free phone consultation