What to do if you experience sudden loss of erection?

Written by: Andrés Suro



Time to read 4 min

Sudden loss of erection, popularly known as the “trigger” is an uncomfortable situation that many of us have had to face on one occasion (or more). Is it the end of the world? Not at all! More often than not, there is a solution. Although it can be very uncomfortable, we have to keep in mind that it is something that can be improved. In fact, there are plenty of solutions and methodologies that will help you. All you need is a little motivation and dedication.

Sudden erection loss can happen for different reasons. It can be due to organic causes, such as diseases affecting the prostate. However, the most common factors are usually due to everyday concerns or relatively simple aspects that can be changed. The key is to analyze the roots of these detrimental factors and, in this way, to work on them. Below, we explain why this phenomenon occurs and the keys on how to address it.

Sudden loss of erection during intercourse

Erection occurs when the penis fills with blood due to vasodilation. As a consequence of this dilation, the penis increases in size until an erection is achieved. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? The truth of the matter is that there are complex mechanisms that underlie this process making the erection possible. It all starts in  the psyche, our make it or break it organism. From here, messages are sent through the body, activating the blood supply, nerves, etc.

When a sudden loss of erection happens, this means that there has been an interruption in the body signaling, this means a part of the body has stopped working properly. In a few cases, this is usually due to organic problems. However, among the most common factors of erectile dysfunction are everyday concerns or aspects that are relatively simple to change. The key is to analyze the roots of those harmful factors and, in this way, work on them. 

a man scrolling through his phone lied in bed

The sudden loss of erection means that there has been a disruption in this process because some part of it has stopped functioning correctly. If it is an organic problem, we must consult urology specialists. But if you believe it is not due to a medical condition, it is because it often has more to do with what we have in our heads. Somehow, certain thoughts, feelings, or habits act as barriers in our response and sexual desire. Somehow, some thoughts, feelings or habits work as barriers in our sexual response and desire. 

Possible reasons for erectile dysfunction. Causes of sudden loss of erection during intercourse

  • Sexual experience: The first sexual encounters are usually not what we imagine or expect, and it’s completely normal feeling nervous. But when nervousness takes over our body that’s when the sudden loss of erection occurs and “ruins”' the moment.

  • Stressful factors: stress can also affect, regardless of age and sexual experience. Such is the case that this could be a trigger for the body and its functioning. This usually occurs when we have problems at work and we are under great stress or work fatigue.

  • Self-esteem: When we do not feel happy with ourselves, anxiety and emotional instability are often triggers.

But what do these three reasons have in common? The common denominator is the human mind. Even if it seems like a sensible subject, it is something that needs to be talked about and worked on. With the right strategies and a good attitude, sudden erection loss can be overcome.

How to solve the problem of erectile dysfunction?

The good news is that there is a solution for every obstacle that comes our way. It is crucial to overcome adversity with judgment when choosing a strategy to change it and with self-confidence. You might wonder, do I have erectile dysfunction? In some way, the sudden loss of erection can be a sign of erectile dysfunction. When we have isolated episodes, we should not worry. After all, we all have good days and not so good days, but if the problem persists, it is time to improve our intimate life.

So, can it go away on its own? It is true that we all  suffer a sudden loss of erection  due to a punctual and isolated situation we are living, but the best way to prevent it from happening again is to identify the reasons why it has occurred in order to face them. So, why not try taking our test to find out if you have erectile dysfunction?

Your partner’s support

Another important point of this process is to overcome it by leaning on someone you trust. Although it may seem “silly”, this can make it easier and more bearable. Trust and support can be very useful for us. Acknowledging there is no hurry and it is not a race against, it is a can improve our welfare and sex life overall.

a couple having a conversation on a sofa

Likewise, having someone can help you put into perspective the severity with which you experience this, it also positively influences a reduction of the anxiety we feel before any sexual encounter, whether this anxiety is anticipatory (due to expectations) or performance-based (impositions on how encounters should be). The fewer added factors we have, the more we will enjoy and the less likely any dysfunction will occur due to psychological causes.

Solutions: What is the best treatment for erectile dysfunction?

When the main reason for the sudden loss of erection is associated with physical issues, there are specific treatments to solve it, such as: medications, hormonal care, etc. It is very important that these alternatives have to be previously consulted with a specialist.

But if the cause is not organic, here we detail an innovative methodology. If you haven't heard of the MYHIXEL method , now is the time. It is a solution developed to improve erection control, combining a stimulating device and a mobile app. Thus, the stimulator helps you to improve your bodily reactions while you learn to relax your mind and gain control of the situation.

Healthy habits

A healthy lifestyle helps minimize the risks of sudden loss of erection. A healthy diet, combined with an active lifestyle, are the perfect combination to control stress levels and keep them below the risk zone. Along with anxiety, these issues always threaten not only the sexual aspects, but can have other unwanted connotations.


Fortunately, scientific methods have evolved and there are many techniques that are risk-free, completely natural and without side effects. In this article we have addressed some possible solutions. By combining these methodologies with a lifestyle based on good habits, improving communication with your partner and taking care of your self-esteem, you could reduce, or even eliminate, the risk of suffering a sudden loss of erection at the most inopportune moment.

Andrés Suro

Author: Andrés Suro (Sexual Coach at MYHIXEL)

Psychologist specialized in the social area and expert in sexology applied to education.