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How Does the Nervous System Control Erectile Dysfunction?


Nervous System Control Erectile Dysfunction

It’s a fact of life that we all experience stress to a certain degree. But, did you know that your stress levels could be having an impact on your ability to rise to the occasion? An influx of stress hormones can send your nervous system into battle mode leaving your penis limp and lifeless.


Stress, over a prolonged period of time, can lead to long-term problems achieving and maintaining erections. But what can we do to overcome this type of stress-related erectile dysfunction? Also, what happens when our inability to get hard is the main cause of stress?


Managing stress using exercise and mindfulness while using The Phoenix device to promote blood flow are the best ways of moving on from this type of ED.


Let’s take a look at how stress and the nervous system affect erectile dysfunction and talk about the ways you should address the problem.


How Does the Nervous System Affect Erections?

The neural pathways that run from our brains down the spinal cord help us to control all manner of voluntary actions. But, there is a part of our nervous system that can work independently of our thoughts.

Each of us has both a parasympathetic and a sympathetic element to our autonomic nervous system (ANS).


The parasympathetic nervous system is responsible for regulating things like blushing and bringing about orgasms. It’s also the part of the nervous system that calms us down.


You’ve probably heard of the term “fight-or-flight” before. Well, this happens when the sympathetic nervous system kicks this into gear and the chemicals epinephrine (adrenaline) and norepinephrine are released.


When this occurs, it overrides the parasympathetic nervous system by raising our heart rate and diverting blood flow and oxygen to the muscles. This gets them ready to face whatever oncoming perceived danger you’re facing. One of the areas that blood flow is diverted from is the penis.


As some of you that paid attention in biology class may remember, erections occur when the muscles in the corpora cavernosa start to relax allowing blood to flow to the spongy tissues of the penis. Getting erections, is therefore related to the juggling act played out by the two sides of the ANS.

mans body under stress

This diversion of blood flow by the sympathetic nervous system occurs in a manner that we seemingly have no control over. It’s a natural reaction to potentially dangerous situations designed to help us to stay alive. Our bodies naturally, and quite rightly,