CBT For Erectile Dysfunction… Does It Work?

online cbt for erectile dysfunctionI just came across a 2008 study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research, demonstrating how strong of a role your mind state has to do with getting erections.

In the study, 31 men who experienced ED (to varying degrees) participated in an online-based cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) program, designed to resolve psychological and relationship factors related to the ED.

It was a 10-week program, consisting mainly of communication exercises, sensate focus activities, and the ability to communicate with a therapist via email if necessary. The steps of the study progressed from general body pleasuring, to advanced genital contact, and then intercourse.

The focus was more on enjoying the physical pleasure, and not actual ability to get a hard erection.

Communication exercises were done prior to each physical exercise, in order to allow the couple to express their feelings about the program and their relationship. This discussion allowed relationship hang-ups and problems to be resolved. Relieving a lot of “weight” on the the situation.

By the End of the Online CBT Program, the Amount of Men Experiencing Erectile Dysfunction Dropped from 71.1% to 35.6% Percent!

And after 3 months, the majority of these men continued to experience their improved erectile function.

This is interesting to me, because I’ve been coming across more and more studies and articles stating how mental ED is not a real occurrence, or an over-exaggerated occurrence, and that most men who have erectile dysfunction suffer from it for physical reasons, even young men.

It is my belief (and studies like this prove it), that psychological factors play a role in ALL cases of ED, EVEN in physical ones. They are not two mutually exclusive causes.

(And it is a continuation of my theory that if you improve the psychological situation, you will be able to achieve harder, longer lasting erections, even if the physical hasn’t improved...)

The good thing about this internet-based program was that it eliminates any anxiety or embarrassment over visiting and describing your ED to a doctor or therapist.  Unfortunately, the program, named Rekindle (developed by the Medicine, Nursing and Health Science department of Monash University in Australia), is no longer up: http://www.med.monash.edu.au/mentalhealth/rekindle. That would have been a great resource to share.

However, you can take the lessons learned from this study, and create your own program!

How to Overcome Erectile Dysfunction Mentally – Just Follow The Main Lessons Of The Online CBT Program

While contacting a therapist directly is not possible, following the other aspects of this study should help you replicate the results, at least to some degree.

What were the main parts of the study?

  • Communicating with your partner, expressing feelings regarding ED and your relationship in general
  • Changing focus onto pleasure felt, rather than achieving an erection
  • Increasing levels of sexual interaction

Take some time, and open up with your partner.

Let her know your feelings about the situation (positive and negative), let her know the findings of this study (so she feels inspired, and doesn’t find your sudden “openness” strange), and know that getting this off your chest will relieve some of that weight holding your erectile function down.

As I teach around my site and in my guide, don’t focus on your physical performance… don’t focus on whether you will get hard or not. While my school of thought is more of getting as mentally aroused as possible, in this case, the focus is more on increasing physical pleasure as much as possible, and fully experiencing it… and then as a result, without the pressure on your erection to happen, it will happen on its own!

Also, part three shows that there were various levels of physical stimulation… maybe your lady can start with touch… then oral (tell her it’s for the sake of science!), and then all out intercourse.

You Don’t Need 10 Weeks To Overcome ED – It Can Be Done Much Quicker

10 weeks sounds like an awfully long and drawn-out process…

People over-complicate psychological ED.

I’ve learned how to beat it in a simple, straight-forward technique… generally, after men read my guide to overcoming this mental block, they get their erections back to normal within a couple of days.

Your best bet is a combination of both physical and mental exercises to overcome erectile dysfunction… attack from both angles, and you have a better chance of getting your rock hard erections back!

Have a good one!!

-David Carreras aka Mr. Manpower
Mr. Manpower’s Guide to
Overall Manhood Enhancement
The Ultimate Sex Guide for Men… “male potency without drugs”


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