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24 Apr 2003

cant get hard erections
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i m 21 yrs old, i have a girlfriend and tried to have sex twice but i noticed that i wasn't hard enough to enter.recently i noticed that even while i masturbate i dont get very hard, i never noticed this earlier i feel i used to get very hard while masturbating , what should i do?? please help.
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01 Jan 0001

Masturbating by itself cannot cause erection problems. What can cause problems, however, is intense guilt over masturbation and sexuality. First, take a look at how you were brought up and what values you have about masturbation and sex. Then try to remember when it was that you stopped having full erections, and if there was any significant factor that coincided with your erection loss. If there was a physical change at that point, you should get a complete medical workup to make sure that your body is functioning properly. If it's something more elusive, or emotionally-oriented, and you can determine this yourself, you can consciously start giving yourself positive messages about your sexuality and sexual response. Since this is all learned behaviour, you have the opportunity to change and create new responses. Practice masturbating, and do what it takes to get an erection. Don't hesitate to try fantasy, lubricants or erotic literature. If this isn't as easy as it sounds, you can make one or two appointments with a sex therapist to help you through this stumbling block. Call S A Sexual Health Association 0860 100 262 for a referral
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