Sexual performance anxiety is extremely common, especially among men. There is a great deal of pressure in society to perform in sexual situations, as a person’s lovemaking ability is often judged as a part of their personality.
Anxiety over sexual performance also tends to be self-sustaining. It can lead to issues like premature ejaculation or trouble getting aroused, and this contributes to sexual performance anxiety in the future.
Causes of Sexual Performance Anxiety
Many different kinds of worries can lead to sexual performance anxiety, including:
- Fear that you won’t perform well in bed and satisfy your partner sexually
- Poor body image, including concern over your weight
- Difficulties in your relationship
- A man’s worry that his penis won’t ‘measure up‘
- A man’s concern about ejaculating prematurely or taking too long to reach orgasm
- A woman’s anxiety about not being able to have an orgasm or enjoy the sexual experience
These anxieties cause your body to launch a response called “fight or flight.” Stress hormones like epinephrine and norepinephrine are released in a series of reactions that were actually designed to prepare your body to run or confront a threat. Of course, your partner isn’t a threat, which is why this response is so counterproductive to you.
Can erectile dysfunction be caused by stress?
Stress, anxiety, and erectile dysfunction are closely connected. Stress and anxiety can cause ED. Plus, men facing increased stress or anxiety may also have increased blood pressure and cholesterol. Both of these conditions increase a man’s risk for ED.
Decreasing anxiety with Damiana
One of the plant based biochemical compounds that is responsible for its anxiety relieving effects is apigen. Apigen is a chemical naturally found in many plants and is known to mimic the effects of prescription anxiolytics (anxiety medications) by binding to and stimulating GABAa receptors. These receptors, when stimulated, send signals that “calm” brain cells and reduce signal firing.
An anxious state, brought about by a busy day and/or certain triggers (financial issues, upcoming deadlines, exams, etc.) can result in a mind state where brain cells are firing too many signals that prevent a person from focusing on one task or relaxing. Therefore, by taking a substance, such as a herbal anxiolytic, a person can temporarily decrease the number of signal firings in their central nervous system and relax.
Damiana is also known to:
- Be an aphrodisiac
- Stimulate blood flow to the lower abdomen improving sexual function and sexual satisfaction in both males and females
- Decrease lethargy and raise energy levels
- Enhance the ability to have erotic dreams
How to take Damiana
A general guide is to start with 2-4 grams (g) or less of dried Damiana in tea , three times a day. Individual experience will vary.
Before you learn how to make Damiana tea, it’s nice to start by first familiarizing yourself with the benefits of Damiana extract. You will be more enthusiastic and committed to drinking your tea once you know what you stand to gain from this. For more information on how to take Damiana visit our instructional post for more information.
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Damiana is great herb that can be taken to reduce anxiety all while increasing your libido. Damiana effects will vary depending on each user and the quality of the herb used. For more information ( click here ).