Episode 120: Penis Performance Problems

August 19, 2022 by Justin Lehmiller

Sex and Psychology Podcast

Episode 120: Penis Performance Problems


If you have a penis, then you probably already know that it doesn’t always do what you want it to do. Sometimes you’ll get an erection when you don’t want one–and sometimes you won’t be able to get an erection when you do want one. Relax. That’s normal. But when does it start to cross the line into a sexual difficulty in need of treatment? And what are the best ways to manage erectile difficulties? That’s what today’s show is all about.

I am joined by Dr. Amy Pearlman, a men’s sexual health specialist and board-certified urologist. Dr. Pearlman’s primary mission is to educate men on the basics of their bodies and to encourage healthy behaviors in order to optimize performance in and out of the bedroom. Some of the topics we discuss include:

  • What is the clinical definition of erectile dysfunction?
  • How do you pinpoint the cause of erectile problems?
  • How can modern technology help you to monitor your erectile health?
  • Do penis rings (“cock rings”) work, and how do you use them safely?
  • If you’re thinking about taking medication for ED, what do you need to know?
  • How do penile implants work, and who should consider one?

Check it out! To learn more about Dr. Pearlman, visit pearlmanmds.com and follow @amypearlmanmd on Instagram.

Thanks to FirmTech (myfirmtech.com) and the Kinsey Institute (kinseyinstitute.org) for sponsoring this episode!

FirmTech’s Performance Ring is designed to boost your sexual stamina and give you harder, longer-lasting erections, while also enhancing pleasure. Their Tech Ring has the added benefit of tracking your erectile health. Visit myfirmtech.com and be sure to use my exclusive discount code Justin20 to save 20% off your purchase. 

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Dr. Justin Lehmiller

Founder & Owner of Sex and Psychology

Dr. Justin Lehmiller is a social psychologist and Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute. He runs the Sex and Psychology blog and podcast and is author of the popular book Tell Me What You Want. Dr. Lehmiller is an award-winning educator, and a prolific researcher who has published more than 50 academic works.

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