About one in five men over the age of 40 will experience erectile dysfunction, as will two out three men over 70.

Erectile dysfunction is caused by several factors like smoking and medications, but sometimes the reason could be psychological.

Studies have shown that erectile dysfunction causes stress to all men affected by it. More often than not, men tend to ignore it as nothing more than a phase they’re going through. Experts agree that erectile dysfunction can occur in varying stages of life and with different partners.

Psychological erectile dysfunction may have different backgrounds, including depression, relationship problems, everyday stress and even sexual trauma. Doctors say that no matter what the reason may be, men should still look for treatment.

Men in particular are not comfortable talking about erectile dysfunction, with fear of being branded as weak and impotent pushing them to remain silent. The issue remains a taboo, and most men will never seek help in their lifetime, saying that the issue could weaken their sense of masculinity.

Experts say that experiencing erectile dysfunction the first time could trigger re-occurrence. Men who had rejections from failed sexual partners may experience the same anxiety with others, thereby making it frequent. This could cause depression, which makes the condition worse.

Some anti-depression medications are known to cause erectile dysfunction themselves, adding to the already dismal situation. Women in turn would raise doubts over their partners, with questions of loyalty asked on a frequent basis, adding stress to both parties.

However, erectile dysfunction is not without hope. It can be treated both with medication and therapy. Doctors would prescribe Viagra, Cialis and Levitra to counter the effects. Men should seek medical consultation first as these drugs may cause side effects, such as dizziness and heart problems. Doctors also warn of counterfeit and cheap variants of the drugs that might do the opposite.

Psychologists are also open for therapy sessions to fight erectile dysfunction. Experts agree that treating emotional and psychological problems, such as sexual abuse and trauma, could greatly reverse the effects of erectile dysfunction. Cognitive behaviour therapy is one way  to alter the condition by conditioning how the patient thinks about the issue. MIMS