Not sure if this is the right spot to post this question or not. lately I have noticed that i have trouble getting and keeping a erection. I was wondering if this could be a side effect of SIMVASTATIN which I am taking.
I'm not sure about the circumstances of your erection concerns. Are you noticing this solely when being with a partner, or also during self-pleasuring? If it's just when you're with a partner, that's a big clue that something about that situation is creating anxiety for you.
Do you experience erections upon awakening? It's important to know if you’re experiencing erections at times other than when you’re with a partner (e.g., morning erections). If you ARE, this would indicate that there aren’t any physical causes and that there’s something emotional/psychological contributing to your concern (performance anxiety, etc.). If you AREN’T having any erections at all, then something physical is interfering with erections, and you should consult a urologist to discuss what your options are. The drug you're taking, Simvastatin, is indicated for high cholesterol and isn't usually associated with erection concerns; however, everyone reacts differently to medications, so if you're noticing less erections during all situations, this would be something to discuss with the physician.
Here's some general information about other issues related to erections:
Welcome to your 20’s! Erections go up and down. You’ll find this happening all your life. It doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy sex, but you have to let go of worrying about performance.
Much of your problem may be due to your attitude. Once your penis didn't act as you expected, you probably started feeling anxious and judging yourself, which can be a vicious circle. The more you worry about erections, the more your penis won’t cooperate. In fact, it can be downright rebellious! Many men feel that if their erection goes down even a tiny bit, there’s something wrong with them. Where does this come from?
Men receive so many messages that sex is about “performance” and pleasing a partner, rather than just enjoying the pleasure of it. Everything is goal-oriented—like a football game. By being so goal-oriented, some men never get to feel the simple pleasures of touch, of kissing, of soft skin on skin. And, of course, if you can allow yourself to let go of goals and just enjoy, guess what? That erection will come right back. So don’t focus so much on whatever you consider the "main event" as the “end-all, be-all” of sex, but rather just let yourself relax and enjoy whatever occurs. And don’t have sex until you’re ready.
The other message that many men receive is that sex is somehow dirty and wrong, unless you’re doing it for reproductive purposes. Sometimes this can creep into our unconscious thoughts and sabotage any pleasure. Ask yourself whether you have any conflicts about being sexual—any old messages that might be lurking in your subconscious.
There are many other reasons why you may be inhibited with a partner. This could be due to anxiety—either about sex in general, or about some aspect of your relationship. Perhaps the intimacy of sex is making you uncomfortable? Why would that be? What does it represent to you—and to your partner? These are questions to ask yourself.
Or perhaps you’re not receiving enough stimulation during partner sex, or you might be starting before you’re turned on enough. In addition, some men find that certain condoms limit sensation, and, of course, this can intensify with each experience, leading to more anxiety. I’m also wondering how aroused you are by your partner. You could be bored, or perhaps some aspect of your relationship isn’t satisfying.
In addition to examining the above issues, I also highly recommend the book “The New Male Sexuality” by Bernie Zilbergeld, Ph.D. It’s widely available online, both used and in paperback and is an invaluable resource. Best of luck to you. Dr. J
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