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I sometimes have trouble maintaining an erection during sex. I can get an erection but then within a few minutes it returns to its Flaccid state. could this be from too much masterbation as a younger child?

No, masturbation does not cause problems with erection. Many guys have trouble getting or maintaining an erection at some point in their lives. Often, it’s caused by performance anxiety. Performance anxiety is the fear of being unable to please a partner. This anxiety can actually cause changes in the body that prevent a guy from getting or maintaining an erection.

Other factors that can prevent a guy from getting or maintaining an erection include lack of attraction to a partner, a negative body image, a lack of self-esteem, problems in relationships, or using alcohol or other drugs. Sometimes just being tired or not in the mood for sex can prevent a guy from getting or maintaining an erection.

Certain conditions, such as diabetes, and medications, such as certain anti-depressants, can also cause erectile dysfunction.

It’s important for guys and their partners to accept occasional erection problems as a normal part of their sex lives and not become so anxious that it makes having sex less pleasurable and more difficult. It’s also important to talk with your health care provider if erectile dysfunction becomes an ongoing and unrelieved problem.

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