Maybe It’s Not ED After All

Temporary problems that can steal your manhood …

(ALISA HRUSTIC, MEN’S HEALTH)

She is ready and willing? Nice. Failing to get an erection when you’re ready to go? There’s absolutely nothing worse.

She’s ready. You’re not. But it might not be ED at all. 

RELATED: Everything You Need to Know About Erectile Dysfunction (ED)

But it doesn’t necessarily signal you have erectile dysfunction. Lots of guys have issues getting and maintaining erections, and for a variety of reasons.

Jamin Brahmbhatt, M.D., aerection at Orlando Health, explains some possible reasons for your inability to perform.

You can’t get an erection because you drank too much alcohol

Alcohol is a depressant on your central nervous system. It decreases blood flow to your penis, which can prevent you from getting hard.

Guys should stick to roughly two drinks per day. While everyone’s tolerance is different, it’s a good benchmark to keep in mind if you plan on doing the deed later in the evening.

You can’t get an erection because you’re stressed and exhausted

When you’re stressed out, your body is trying to mobilize all of your energy to your main functional organs, so something like your penis is going to be the last thing on this list.

The good news is, alleviating whatever is causing you to tense up can usually squash these issues.

You can’t get an erection because you’re taking certain medications

Common medications like beta-blockers and diuretics can interfere with your ability to get hard, says Steven Lamm, M.D., medical director of NYU Langone’s Preston Robert Tisch Center for Men’s Health. Their interference with your sympathetic nervous system and blood vessel walls can decrease the blood flow to your penis.

Stanford University research suggests that some 75 percent of depressed patients see a dip in libido. And certain antidepressants, like Prozac and Lexapro, can decrease your testosterone levels or lead to delayed ejaculation.

If you think those medications are screwing with your sex life, talk to your doctor about other options. Read the full story at Men’s Health. Also of interest: 8 Things That Crush a Woman’s Sex Drive