Impotence is either a physical problem or a sub-conscious problem. If it’s a physical problem you need a doctor, if it’s a sub-conscious problem you need a hypnotist.

It’s easy to tell if the impotence is sub-conscious. If you get an erection while you are sleeping it’s probably a sub-conscious problem.

If you get an erection with one lover and not another it’s probably a sub-conscious problem.
If you get an erection before penetration and then lose it, it’s probably a sub-conscious problem.
If you are able to get an erection while masturbating it’s probably a sub-conscious problem.
If it is a sub-conscious problem it’s easy to reprogram the sub-conscious mind to maintain an erection during intercourse while in hypnosis.

According to the British Journal of Urology, hypnosis improved the sexual function of men with no organic cause for their impotence at a rate of 80%. The interesting part about this study is that hypnosis outperformed both testosterone and trazodone. [Aydin S et al. “Efficacy of testosterone, trazodone and hypnotic suggestion in the treatment of non-organic male sexual dysfunction.” British Journal of Urology. 77(2):256-60, 1996.] According to the Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology , erectile dysfunction that cannot be linked to physical causes has been successfully treated by hypnosis. Three out of every four men in the trial were helped. [Scandinavian Journal of Urology and Nephrology . 31: 271-4, 1997]

Can Hypnosis Cure Erectile Dysfunction?


Erectile dysfunction (ED) can be one of the most discouraging physical problems a man can have. Not being able to achieve (or maintain) an erection while still feeling sexual desire is psychologically frustrating and can strain a relationship with even the most understanding partner. ED has both medical and psychological causes, and is often a mix of both.

“If a man is able to obtain and sustain an erection in certain circumstances, like self-stimulation, but not others, such as with a partner, those situations are often psychological in origin,” says S. Adam Ramin, MD, urologic surgeon and medical director of Urology Cancer Specialists in Los Angeles.

“And even in cases where the cause is purely physiological, such as a vascular problem affecting blood flow, there is also a psychological element,” he says.

This suggests your mind could play an important role in overcoming ED, regardless of its source. In fact, many people with ED report positive results using hypnosis to help get and maintain an erection.

The physical causes of ED

An erection is achieved when the arteries that bring blood to the penis swell with blood and press closed the veins that allow blood to circulate back into the body. The contained blood and erectile tissue form and maintain the erection.

ED occurs when not enough blood flows to the penis to be erect long enough for sustained penetration. Medical causes include cardiovascular conditions such as hardening of the arterieshigh blood pressure, and high cholesterol, since all of these conditions negatively affect blood flow.

Neurological and nerve disorders can also interrupt nerve signals and prevent an erection. Diabetes may also play a role in ED, because one of the long-term effects of that condition is nerve damage. Certain medications contribute to ED, including antidepressants and treatments for high blood pressure.

Men who smoke, habitually drink more than two alcoholic drinks a day, and are overweight have a greater risk of experiencing ED. The likelihood of ED also increases with age.

While only about 4 percent of men experience it at 50, that number rises to nearly 20 percent of men in their 60s. About half of men over 75 have ED.

What role does the brain play?

In a sense, erections begin in the brain. ED can also be caused by:

  • a past negative sexual experience
  • feelings of shame about sex
  • the circumstances of a particular encounter
  • a lack of intimacy with a partner
  • stressors that have nothing to do with sex at all

Recalling one episode of ED can contribute to future episodes.

“An erection begins when a touch or thought nudges the brain to send signals of arousal into the nerves of the penis,” explains Dr. Kenneth Roth, MD, a urologist at Northern California Urology in Castro Valley, California. “Hypnotherapy can address the purely psychological, and can contribute significantly to the treatment of the mixed origins,” he says.

Dr. Ramin concurs. “Whether the problem is physiological or psychological in origin, the psychological aspect is amenable to hypnosis and relaxation techniques.”

Jerry Storey is a certified hypnotherapist who also suffers from ED. “I’m 50 now, and I had my first heart attack at 30,” he says.

“I know how ED can be a combination of physiological, neurological, and psychological factors. In many cases, the medical impairment will lead to a psychological increase in the physiological problems. You think you won’t ‘get it up,’ so you don’t.” Storey produces videos to help men overcome ED.

Hypnotherapy solutions

Licensed hypnotherapist Seth-Deborah Roth, CRNA, CCHr, CI recommends first working directly with a hypnotherapist in person or via video conferencing to learn self-hypnosis exercises you can practice on your own.

Roth’s simple self-hypnosis exercise begins with relaxation, then refining a focus on creating and maintaining an erection. Since anxiety is such a critical component of ED, the technique starts with about five minutes of closed-eyes relaxation.

“Close the eyes and relax them so much that you allow yourself to imagine they are so heavy and relaxed that they won’t open. Go ahead and give in to that feeling that they just won’t open, and tell yourself mentally how heavy they are. Then try to open them and notice you cannot,” she instructs.

Next, Roth advises several minutes of focused awareness on deepening relaxation with every breath.

Once you’re thoroughly relaxed and breathing easily, turn your focus to imagining your partner in sensual detail. “Imagine you have a dial and you can increase the blood flow to your penis. Just keep turning up the dial and increasing the flow,” Roth advises.

Visualization helps maintain the erection. Roth suggests closing your fists and imagining the power of your erection. “As long as your fists are closed, your erection is ‘closed,’” she says. Those closed fists can also create connection with your partner as you hold hands.

Roth also adds that hypnotherapy might not focus on getting the erection, but instead on the psychological issues that are preventing it. For example, she says: “Sometimes, emotionally damaging past experience can be released with hypnotherapy. Regressing to the experience and releasing it is a benefit of the session. The brain does not know the difference between reality and imagination, so in hypnosis we are able to imagine things differently.”

Erectile dysfunction may be the first sign of a serious problem like cardiovascular disease or diabetes. Regardless of the source, Dr. Ramin urges anyone experiencing it to see a medical doctor.

Five Ways Hypnosis Can Treat Erectile Dysfunction

What is psychological ED? Whilst erectile dysfunction can be caused by medical reasons, if you are able to get an erection in the morning, whilst sleeping or when masturbating, but have difficulty obtaining or sustaining an erection during sex, then the chances are there is a psychological cause.By Susannah SaundersCurative Hypnotherapist24/11/2015 06:27am GMT | Updated November 22, 2016

Are you a man struggling with erectile problems?

You are not alone. According to the NHS, erectile dysfunction (ED) affects half of all men aged between 40 and 70. But one quarter of men seeking help with impotence are under the age of 40, according to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine.

What is psychological ED? Whilst erectile dysfunction can be caused by medical reasons, if you are able to get an erection in the morning, whilst sleeping or when masturbating, but have difficulty obtaining or sustaining an erection during sex, then the chances are there is a psychological cause. With over a decade of experience treating sexual dysfunction, I’ve found that hypnosis can offer effective relief from psychological ED in a number of ways:

1. Stop smoking

Good blood flow is key to erections, and therefore smoking can have an impact. In a 2006 Australian study, researchers found that the likelihood of erectile dysfunction increased by 27% with smokers. Giving up smoking, therefore, is vital for anyone suffering with psychological ED. The New Scientist reported that hypnosis is the most effective way of stopping smoking, and provided you wish to become a non-smoker, hypnotherapy can help you let go of your addiction by correcting your subconscious associations with cigarettes.

2. Let go of anxiety and stress

The brain plays a significant role in triggering the physiological reactions that create an erection, starting with sexual excitement. This excitement, however, can be affected by depression, anxiety and stress. Unfortunately, it then becomes a vicious cycle whereby the ED causes more anxiety and stress, which in turn exacerbates the ED. Of course, everyone experiences stress, but for those who don’t manage it so well, hypnosis can teach relaxation techniques to help you focus and problem-solve without panic.

3. Restore your inner confidence

Low confidence and self-esteem will likely lay at the root of most psychological ED. Feeling self conscious or inadequate in the bedroom may stem from issues of jealousy, a bad relationship or an early embarrassing sexual encounter. Hypnotherapy can help retrace the root cause behind your insecurities so that you can rebuild your sexual confidence.

4. Health and fitness

As a hypnotherapist, some common issues I treat are over-eating, lack of exercise and heavy drinking. One of the great side effects of tackling these lifestyle choices is increased libido and stronger, longer-lasting erections.

5. Live in the moment

Rather than approaching sex as a pleasurable, intimate, mutually enjoyable act, some men focus on their need to excel in pleasing their partner. They become so preoccupied with how they may be judged on their performance that the instinctive, sharing nature of sex becomes clouded by anxiety. Self hypnosis is a wonderful technique that can stop you over-analysing sex and focus your mind on enjoying the experience.

There are many misconceptions about hypnosis (no, we hypnotherapists can’t make you do or say anything you don’t want to!) and how it can help with male erections, but with more people opting for a less medical/drug-based solution to our problems, there is far less stigma than there used to be.

When choosing a hypnotherapist for your psychological erectile dysfunction, I would recommend visiting the General Hypnotherapy Register for a list of qualified and insured practitioners near you, all of whom will offer a relaxed, professional and discreet service. Alternatively, contact me for friendly, confidential advice on how hypnotherapy can help you.

This article first appeared at Hypnotherapy London.

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Here are some links to research on this topic:

Hypnosis in the treatment of sexual dysfunction

Hypnosis in Human Sexuality Problems