Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get or maintain an erection for satisfying sexual activity. While occasional erection issues are normal, persistent ED can cause stress, impact confidence, and negatively affect relationships and fertility.
ED results from physical or psychological causes.
- Physical causes of ED include heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, substance abuse, and physiological/surgical issues, among others.
- Psychological causes include depression, anxiety, stress, self-doubt, and relationship issues which are often exacerbated by ED.
Treating ED Without Medication
If you’re experiencing persistent ED and want to avoid medication, it’s still important to mention it to your doctor to identify or rule out physical causes. If there are physical causes for your ED, a doctor can help.
Even after addressing physical causes, mental habits can lead to persistent ED. This calls for additional support.
If your ED is caused by:
- sexual trauma
- other mental health conditions
…a therapist or sex therapist can usually treat your ED without medication.
However, if you’re in relatively good mental health but struggling with stress, self-doubt, or relationship issues, sex coaching is typically a more affordable and accessible treatment path that you can start immediately.
What Happens in Sex Coaching for ED
A sex coach works with clients to create a personalized action plan. This plan addresses clients’ unique relationship issues, stressors, and thought patterns affecting erection.
Action plans are completely customized, but may look something like this:
Session 1: Consultation. Overview of relevant medical history, when symptoms began, severity, any changes over time, situations that alleviate or worsen symptoms, relationship considerations, stress levels, and client disposition. Assignment: Non-penile sex acts only until the next session.
Session 2: Accountability. How did the assignment go? If the client did not engage in sex acts at all, why? If they did engage in non-penile sex acts, what did they observe? If they engaged in penile sex acts and were erect, coaching may no longer be necessary. Assignment: Continue non-penile sex; additional assignments based on client needs.
Sessions 3-4: Progress. The client continues to engage in and report on assignment results. The coach recommends personalized activities, adult toys, date ideas, games, etc. Over time, focus on penis performance is reduced, closer bonds with partners form, and confidence improves. Assignments: Vary. Attend sessions for ongoing accountability, habit formation, progress tracking, and personalized suggestions and advice.
Session 5-?: Resolution. Every client is unique. For some, ED is resolved in just a few sessions. In cases involving long-established erection struggles, ongoing coaching may be necessary to reinforce positive outcomes and ensure lasting results. With dedication to the process, most clients see significant improvement or even resolution by their 6th session.
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Shannon Burton, SXI is a professional sex coach certified through an American College of Sexologists compliant program. Book a consultation today to begin your journey to a more satisfying sex life.
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