Do You Have Performance Anxiety?
Men experiencing performance anxiety often concentrate specifically on the quality of their erection. They might rush through sex because they are afraid of going soft too soon and dread situations that could lead to sex. "If a man has issues around his erection, typically a man will avoid sexual contact, will find reasons not to be dating (if they're not in a relationship), and will stay away from sexual activity rather than experience some kind of 'failure,'" says Ducharme. Men with this issue may also experience sensations familiar to other forms of anxiety, such as increased heart rate and rapid breathing leading up to sexual encounters. Young men are especially prone to anxiety due to inexperience. Older men, who may have sexual function difficulties due to health factors, can also develop this heightened concern.