Trouble with Erections
This post is for prayer, advice, and maybe some hope to others in my situation that they are not alone.
For some background on my situation please see my previous thread (https://qna.themarriagebed.com/question/diagnosed-with-subclinical-fracture-possible-peyronies-disease/)
After our sexual encounter last week I have been having issues with erections. While the penis still points in the right direction it has been harder to get and maintain erections. It also feels like the erections I get are less intense.
I have also experienced a sharp downturn in desire and a feeling of fatigue and lethargy.
I am unsure if the drop in erection quality is due to the lack of desire or if it is the result of the injury I sustained almost 3 years ago.
Blood tests have shown low free testosterone in the past year but that was chalked up to my vitamin B12 deficiency that I am now getting monthly shots for.
Emotionally this has hit me pretty hard. Not being able to perform fully or experience the pleasure I have been able to in the past is really getting me down. Prayers are appreciated.
I am not an MD and certainly not a specialist in this area. However, I think your answers lie here:
“I have also experienced a sharp downturn in desire and a feeling of fatigue and lethargy.”
This would not happen if it was simply structural damage to your penis (unless e.g. you were experiencing constant pain there). Instead, those symptoms are similar to those sometimes experienced by the low testosterone you mentioned. They are also similar to what can be expected from depression or stress, both of which can also tie to low testosterone (as either cause or effect).
Also, and there’s no getting around this, but from what I know of you, you’re getting to the age where your “A Game” erections aren’t guaranteed on any given day. I’m mid 30’s and am lucky to bring an “A Game” every other day, but more like every 3/4 days is more likely (and still requires proper conditions).
So definitely praying for you, especially given some of your other recent posts. I also suggest trying to get more exercise (especially cardio), more sleep, and less stress.
Putting the pieces together a bit, it sounds like you have a gastrointestinal problem for which you are seeking medical help. It appears that your medication is affecting the body’s ability to absorb vitamin B12 and this in turn is leading to reduced testosterone. The reduced testosterone is giving erection problems (possibly made worse by a previous sub-clinical fracture), and possibly also reduced desire and lethargy.
It sounds like the root cause of all this is the GI problem. Maybe you need to review your medication, and possibly switch to something else? Maybe there’s something in your diet that should be changed?