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Tuesday, January 27, 2009 Flavio, Community Member, asks

Q: Performance anxiety

Cialis has greatly improved my sex life but it is not infallible. Sometimes (not always) anxiety gets in the way and I lose my erection. This usually happens just before penetration. If there's no penetration involved, I have no problems; but when the time to penetrate comes, I sometimes get too anxious and lose my erection. How can I overcome performance anxiety? Are there any anxiety drugs that do not interfere with erections? 

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1/29/09 7:28pm

Flavio - While there are probably several medications that you could take that would reduce your anxiety and not affect your erection you might want to try some behavioral strategies first. If you can find relief from these techniques then you will not need to worry about medications and will have strategies to use for a lifetime. Find a therapist in your area who has experience treating anxiety and ask for a thorough assessment as well as cognitive/behavioral strategies for anxiety management.


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By Flavio, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/24/10, First Published: 01/27/09