WHY YOUNGER MEN GET ED

If you think erectile dysfunction (ED) is a problem for older men only, think again. A 2013 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine compared ED causes and frequency in men aged 40 or younger to those over 40. The results? One in four men seeking help for ED was younger than 40.  Despite the fact they were healthier with higher levels of testosterone than the older men.

So why are so many younger men experiencing erection difficulties? Aging men and certainly the elderly more commonly suffer from the usual causes of ED like diabetes, hypertension or heart disease but in younger men a key contributor for ED could be lifestyle.2

There’s nothing as demoralising than having ED at a time in your life you feel you should be having and enjoying a satisfying sex life.   For younger men, that’s an especially uncomfortable situation given their testosterone levels are still relatively high. This is when performance anxiety can creep in, and one possible effect may be the release of stress hormones which narrow blood vessels in the body. This means less blood flow to the penis.2 The key, and we know this is easier said than done, is to relax.

Stress! Whether it’s a hectic career, hefty mortgage or a relationship on the rocks, stress can be a contributor to ED.  It has a big impact on things like cardiovascular health and blood pressure – both ED causing culprits. You need to learn to manage the things stressing you out better or else remove them completely.

Ouch! If your ED occurred after being hit by an errant cricket ball at that club game three years ago or from a particularly frisky night in the bedroom, chances are the difficulty is due to physical trauma. The penis is just another part of the body and if it gets squashed, smashed or bashed, you’re asking for trouble. If you think your ED might be the result of trauma, get a check up by your doctor asap.   

Being hard on your body- living life beyond its limits by too much drinking, smoking or taking drugs (illicit or otherwise) can easily cause ED as can a lack of exercise or living a more sedentary life.  Less of the bad stuff and more of the good is your best bet because establishing healthier lifestyle habits early will set you up better later in life and hopefully reduce the impact of ED now.1    

Last but not least……..watching porn. That’s right, it’s believed many younger men can’t achieve erections because their brains’ dopamine centres have been ‘rewired’ by watching too much porn. So in their mind, real girls can’t compete with the hyper-stimulation of what they see on screen.3

Whatever your age and whatever the reason, ED isn’t something to mess around with. To help get things going again see your GP or pharmacist. They’ll have a better understanding of what’s causing the problem and if appropriate, prescribe a treatment like Viagra®. 

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  1. Patient.  Erectile Dysfunction Impotence.  Available at https://patientinfo/health/erectile-dysfunction-impotence.  Accessed 15-Aug-18
  2. Capogrosso P.et al. J Sex Med.2013:10(7):1833-41
  3. Medical News Today.  How can porn induce erectile dysfunction?  Available at https://medicalnewstoday/articles /317117.  Accessed 15-Aug-18