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A 20-year-old male asked:

I get random erections sometimes and i can masturbate fine, but when it comes to sex ive struggled to get fully erect, i did get semi erect once. why?

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Dr. John Berryman
Obstetrics and Gynecology 56 years experience
Failed erection: Anxiety with sex can inhibit erection, secondary to apprehension about being able to "perform" . This is usually not a continuing problem, especially if masturbation can occur normally . Be patient and ask your partner for some assistance in sexual situations, until the anxiety is minimized.
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Dr. James Lin
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Agreed for usual circumstances.
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