Q. Why is my penis not getting hard during sexual intercourse?

Answered by Dr. Ramchandra Lamba and medically reviewed by Dr. Divya Banu M

 

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Hello doctor,

I recently got married but when I started having sex with my wife, I started noticing that my penis is not becoming hard enough to have sexual intercourse. Also, sexual arousal is also not happening. I believe I am suffering from erectile dysfunction. Kindly advice what I should do.


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Dr. Ramchandra Lamba
MD ( PSYCHIATRY) ., MBBS
Psychiatry, Psychologist/ Counsellor, Sexology

Hi,

Welcome to icliniq.com.

Erectile dysfunction can occur because of many factors like diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disorder and also due to stress and psychological problems. So, visit a nearby psychiatrist to find the exact cause and then act accordingly. If there is no physical or medical condition then, Sildenafil or Tadalafil will help in erection and these drugs can only be used after discussing with your doctor.

Meanwhile, spend enough time on foreplay. You can take few days for only foreplay and proceed to sexual intercourse only when you feel that you are fully erect. Avoid any substance abuse like alcohol or tobacco. Take adequate sleep. Do regular exercise like morning walk for 45 minutes daily. Do exercises of pelvic muscle like kegels exercises.

 

Thank you doctor,

I had a sexual exposure 14 months back and I was diagnosed with Chlamydia and HSV-1 but I got treated after six weeks with Doxycycline which I had taken for a week and after that when I tested for Chlamydia PCR test, it was not detected. So, I believe it is no more. So, can I be sure Chlamydia which I had for almost six which subsequently got cleared is not the reason of erectile dysfunction?

 

Dr. Ramchandra Lamba
MD ( PSYCHIATRY) ., MBBS
Psychiatry, Psychologist/ Counsellor, Sexology

Hi,

Welcome back to icliniq.com.

Chlamydia infection in men usually cause pain in lower abdomen and discharge but not associated with erectile dysfunction. So, this erection problem is most probably not associated with that chlamydia infection.

 
 
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