It’s no secret we live in stressful times. It’s also no secret that stress and anxiety can affect our sex lives. However, many of us don’t fully understand how the mind and body work together to help men achieve an erection, and how stress can affect that function.

Let’s examine how it all works and take a look at a few tips for dealing with stress and getting your sex life back on track, even during anxious times.

Erectile dysfunction & the mind

It’s well established that erectile dysfunction (ED) can stem from physical causes, including high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, obesity, alcohol abuse and more. But studies suggest that quite often, ED is also heavily rooted in psychological issues. Emerging research also shows the source of stress—financial issues, relationship trouble, work problems, even PTSD— doesn’t really matter, because any stress at all can result in difficulty getting and maintaining an erection.

Men, as many have learned in ways hidden and/or embarrassing, don’t always