It can be a disconcerting experience to encounter erectile dysfunctions symptoms, particularly if you generally have ‘good form’, and are used to having no problems whatsoever.

But the truth is, occasional ED is far from uncommon. Most men will run into trouble during sex at least once in their lives.

What is Occasional ED, Compared to Chronic ED?

What sets ‘occasional ED’ apart from more persistent cases is, more often than not, the probable cause.

Someone with chronic ED may have an underlying condition they don’t know about, or be experiencing a prolonged psychological issue which stops them from performing. Treatment for chronic instances may be issued in the form of prescription treatments like Spedra and Levitra.

But occasional erectile dysfunction may be a little more difficult to predict, and its cause may not be firmly rooted in cardiovascular health. Someone with this form of ED may only notice symptoms once every couple of weeks, once a month, or even less.

While it may not sound like a serious problem, it can still be frustrating to encounter when it does occur.

What Should I Do About Occasional Impotence?

The good news is that, if you only have occasional ED, you can likely overcome the issue without prescription treatment.

Some men who experience the condition intermittently may think about turning to ED treatment to help them get through the odd night where things aren't going their way.

But a disadvantage of using ED treatment ‘recreationally’ suggested by one study is that it may have a deleterious effect on confidence, therefore leading the user to become psychologically reliant upon it.

WebMD notes it is extremely common for men to experience erectile difficulties around 20 per cent of the time, and cases such as these often require no medical attention.

But even in those instances where problems only arise sporadically, there are several non-medicinal measures you can take to improve your erectile health, and reduce the chances of encountering problems.

Determining the Possible Cause

Think about what those times you’ve run into erectile problems have in common with each other.

You might have eaten in a particular way, or engaged in a particular activity prior to intercourse.

Sometimes, improving your erectile health is as easy as avoiding these instigating factors.

Preventable habitual causes of occasional impotence include smoking and consuming alcohol, eating a big meal prior to intercourse, and being tired.

Limiting alcohol intake, stopping smoking and eating only in sensible amounts before sex can help, as can making sure you’re getting enough sleep and rest.

What many people often don’t consider is that occasional ED can occur when they’re having too much sex.

Erectile definition can become reduced if, for instance, you have sex every day without a break. Remember that it’s important to give your body a chance to recover in between sessions.

Psychological factors can also play a role in occasional ED.

It’s perfectly normal to be daunted by a new sexual experience. For instance, if you and your partner are trying something new, a lack of experience in this particular practice may cause feelings of nervousness, and induce erectile problems.

The important thing to remember in such cases is that, if something is new to you, discussing it with your partner beforehand can help to temper your nerves.

When to See Your Doctor

It’s important to seek treatment if you think ED symptoms have escalated to a point where they are posing a problem.

Left untreated, impotence can have a damaging effect on a relationship; and the longer the issue goes unaddressed, the bigger a problem it becomes.

Your doctor will be able to help you rule out any underlying health issues which might be interrupting blood flow, and causing the condition.

It’s not uncommon for some to go through ‘rough patches’ where erections don’t come as easily.

The worst thing you can do is not talk about the problem; if you think ED is presenting an issue, discuss it with your partner.

The main thing to remember is that you are the best judge of whether erectile dysfunction is occurring often enough for you to seek treatment for.

Page last reviewed:  25/10/2019