Is ED mental or physical

How to tell whether erectile dysfunction (ED) is physical or psychological

If You’re Experiencing Erectile Dysfunction (ED), Your Brain Is Probably Shrieking, “Why am I doing this?!” Don’t Worry!

Your question has been answered, but now you need to explore potential answers.

There’re lots of different causes for erectile dysfunction (ED).

We explain how to distinguish between the physical (bodi­lary) reasons for erectile dysfunction and the psychological (mental) reasons so you can focus your search for answers.

How do erections work?

First things first. An erection occurs when you get sexually aroused. It happens because of a series of events that begin when you become aroused. 

  • Sexy thoughts or sensual touches trigger signals in your brain
  • These pass through your nerve endings to your penile arteries.
  • As your arteries widen to allow for increased circulation, they become hardened.

You may think it sounds easy, but it’s actually like having a miniature orchestra inside you. Each tiny piece has to play its role in creating an entire symphony.

Physical vs. Psychological ED: What’s the difference?

ED occurs when there is a breakdown in the communication between the brain and the penis. 

  • Psychological erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when the body doesn’t receive the messages from the mind that trigger an erection. It can occur at any time during sexual activity. This is why your penis can become flaccid even if everything is swimmingly.
  • Physical ED occurs when an artery obstruction supplies blood to the genitals. Anything that limits blood flow to the genitals is likely to cause physical ED.
  • A single event can lead to an anxiety disorder if it happens repeatedly. It’s easy to fall into a vicious cycle.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) occurs when a man cannot achieve an erection long enough to have intercourse. It can happen during solo sexual activity or with his partner. Some men experience it frequently; others experience it occasionally. 

Physical ED symptoms include erectile dysfunction (ED), premature ejaculation (PE), low libido,

If you can’t achieve an erectile response at any time, it’s more likely than not that the problem lies within your body.

There are many ways to treat physical erectile dysfunction (ED), so don’t worry if it sounds scary.

Erectile dysfunction can be frustrating because it can prevent you from having an orgasm even if you’re sexually aroused.

It’s worth exploring whether any mental factors might be affecting your erections too.

Erectile dysfunction (ED) is when men experience difficulty achieving an erection during sexual activity. It affects approximately 30

There are many common physical reasons for erectile dysfunction (ED). 

  • Cardiovascular issues like high cholesterol, high BP, and diabetes are severe health conditions.
  • Narrowed blood vessels
  • Hormone problems, like low T levels
  • Side effect(s) from a prescription or recreational drug(s).
  • Smoking or drinking too much
  • obesity
  • injuries or damage to nerves or blood vessels from activities like bicycling.
  • Pelvic organ prolapse (POP) is when your pelvic organs move out of their normal position.
  • Other underlying health conditions

Psychological eating disorders (ED) include binge eating disorder (BED)

Now that we’ve covered physical ED (ED stands for erectile dysfunction), we’ll move on to psychological ED (psychological ED).

Erectile Dysfunctions include all the mental reasons you may not get an erection.

Psychological factors are most likely the leading causes of erectile dysfunction (ED).

You’ve talked to your doctor about your erectile dysfunction (ED) and have ruled out any physical causes for your condition. 

  • You can get good erections during masturbation, or sometimes but not always.
  • You’ve had ED for only a short time or can easily recall when your erectile function was better than now.

Most guys who experience erectile dysfunction suffer from mental health issues, and you can learn more about them in the list below.

Psychological erectile dysfunction (psychological ED) is a broad catchall for any mental factor that might be preventing an erection from occurring.

Psychological ED occurs when people feel dissatisfied with their bodies.

There are lots of different psychological factors that could prevent you from having an erection.

Psychological EDs are discussed in greater detail in our dedicated posts. Here’s a small preview:

  • stress
  •  relationship issues
  • poor mental health and depression
  • anxiety
  • performance anxiety
  • lack of sex education
  • boredom or indifference
  • an unhealthy relationship with porn
  • negative emotions around sex, like guilt and shame
  • low levels of social skills, poor communication skills, or body image concerns

Is physical or psychological ED more common?

We want to make ED something everyone can discuss freely. There’s too much stigma surrounding this subject, and it’s time to change!

However, it’s difficult to accurately determine how many males have erectile dysfunction (ED), let alone what proportion of these have been impacted by a particular cause.

Overall, the data tends to suggest: 

  • Physical causes of erectile dysfunction (ED) are more common in older adults than younger ones.
  • For younger men, mental health issues are more often the root cause.

We’ve seen many guys with inadequate erections who didn’t necessarily fit into these categories.

That’s why we suggest focusing on yourself first before worrying about others.

You could write a book about everything there is to know about ED and its various impacts on different people.

But the best way to help people understand their business is by focusing on them, not statistics.

You can use online tests to determine if there’s something wrong with your penis.

You can buy fancy gadgets that say they can tell whether your ED is physical or psychological.

Some crazy-sounding older tests, like “the stamp test.”

The Stamp Test

You stick the old-fashioned strings of stamps around your genitals at night.

If you’re supposed to know if you’ve had erections at night by looking for the signs during the day, then you’ll know when you’ve had one.

We’re not going to tell you that there’s a lot of room for errors here.

And so, not having erections when you sleep or wake up with an erection doesn’t mean you have ED.

So, if you don’t get morning glories, there won’t be any worries

To find out whether you can ejaculate, watch yourself masturbate.

Remember, you’re the expert on what feels suitable for you. If you think something isn’t right, trust yourself.

We recommend starting by consulting with your doctor before making any changes to your lifestyle.

You should go to the doctor if you’re concerned about why you have erectile dysfunction. They can run some simple medical checks, which can help them figure out what’s causing it.

Once everything has come back in check, you should be able to focus on making psychological changes.

If you’re here right now, Mojo can help you.

We’ve designed all our courses with expert instructors with experience teaching online classes. They’re here to help you succeed.

If you’re feeling ready to discover more about any potential physical or psychological erectile dysfunction (ED) concerns, you can check out our free trial.

Do you need some help?

Mojo Community is an online community where you can: 

  • Hear from and talk to other guys who’ve been through similar situations.
  • Understand more about physical vs. psychological erectile dysfunction (ED)
  • ask questions to other community members and our experts
  • Just look at the site and read more if you want to. It’s entirely up to you when you decide to join.

We mentioned it was anonymous.

You don’t need to be online; open up your browser and go incognito.

Treat erectile dysfunction effectively.

Join us now to receive a free trial and check out our videos, medita­tions, and podcasts.

You should always consult a qualified medical doctor or another healthcare provider if unsure whether something is safe for you.


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