Olivia Rowlatt

Sex and Relationship Therapist (COSRT Accredited)

Erection problems

About erection problems

Most men experience erection problems at some time in their lives.

It is important to work out if the cause is physical or psychological.

Why is this happening?

Erection problems can have physical and/ or psychological causes.

Are you getting occassional early morning erections? Early morning erections show that the apparatus works. If you have any concerns about this  consult your doctor. Erection problems can be the first indication of various health issues.

Psychological causes for erection issues include:

  • Performance anxiety
  • Stress
  • Relationship issues
  • Drinking too much alcohol
  • Excessive masturbation

What can I do?

  1. Acknowledge it. Talk to your partner. Explain concerns about sex.
  2. Look at your life style. How much do you relax and enjoy yourself?
  3. Healthy attitude. Exercise, eat healthy food, avoid excessive alcohol consumption. Be kind to yourself.
  4. Address resentments in the relationship.
  5. Psychosexual counselling.

More about performance anxiety…

Alex Allman talks about perfomance anxiety. He explains more about why it happens. Try the four steps he suggests.

Watch this YouTube video for ideas of what to do if you have erection problems. 

Visit your doctor if you have concerns.


For more information about relationship and psychosexual therapy email or phone on 07927 026 299.