Causes of Erectile Dysfunction in Young Men

Being aware about the psychological or physical causes behind erectile dysfunction or impotence helps in taking better measures to manage the condition. Here I give you a brief information on what is responsible for this sexual disorder in men.
Men affected by erectile dysfunction (ED) lose their ability to achieve and maintain an erection that is required for sexual satisfaction. Impotence does not always have to be a serious health concern, provided it occurs occasionally. However, it may be worrisome if it becomes persistent or chronic. In such cases, it may indicate deteriorating health. Although ED is said to become more common as a man grows older, it is not a normal part of the aging process. ED is more common in men over 40, and less common in younger men.

Factors Behind ED

The Psychological Ones

Most cases of erectile dysfunction in young men are related to psychological conditions. Thoughts and emotions are the major contributing factors in sustaining a healthy sex life. It has been surveyed that most young men experience anxiety or nervousness about indulging in sex for the first time. And this may cause them to lose their erection.

» Some do not achieve erection because of the fear of causing a pregnancy.

» In some cases, men cannot keep their erection after putting on a condom. Some doctors term this as "condom collapse syndrome".

» Sometimes, being in a new relationship, sexual ignorance, or sexual abuse in past life may contribute to the problem as well.

» Apart from these, stress at work place or in the family, or depression could also be associated with ED in both young and older men.

The Physical Ones

Impotence in young men is less commonly associated with any underlying medical problems when compared to older men. But in some cases, the following conditions could show up as the offenders:

  • • Heart diseases
  • • Hypotension
  • • Diabetes
  • • Obesity
  • • Atherosclerosis
  • • Metabolic syndrome
  • • Parkinson's disease
  • • Disease of the spinal cord
  • • Trauma to the pelvic region
  • • Spinal injury
  • • Stroke
  • • Hyperthyroidism
  • • Hypothyroidism
  • • Cushing's syndrome
  • • Multiple sclerosis
  • • Peyronie's disease
  • • Male hypogonadism
» Other causes of impotence which are common for young and older men may include alcoholism, smoking, abuse of illicit drugs, prolong use of diuretics, antidepressants, and corticosteroids.

» Medicines used for treating mental illness, high blood pressure, epilepsy, allergic reactions, and cancer are also among the list of offenders.

» Some men may lose their ability to achieve erection after undergoing a prostatectomy which is usually required in the treatment of prostate enlargement or prostate cancer. However, this is mostly common in older men.

The Symptoms

The symptoms of erectile dysfunction depend on the severity of the condition. Some may not get any erection at all, while some may obtain an erection but are not able to sustain it. In several cases, doctors have observed that a person who is able to achieve a normal erection during masturbation and get sexual pleasure form it, is not able to do so with his sexual partner. In such cases, the cause of ED is mainly psychological. But the inability to get an erection under any circumstances increases the odds of the underlying cause being a medical problem. These symptoms are mostly accompanied by a lack of sexual interest.

It may be awkward to bring a disorder such as ED to notice or to discuss it with someone. However, the sooner the condition is treated, the lesser would be the risk of developing serious complications. Usually medicines, surgery or implants help reverse the condition of ED in most people by treating its underlying causes. And if the problem is psychological then working it out with one's partner, and a psychotherapist or a counselor proves beneficial.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.
By Rajib Singha
Last Updated: 6/21/2012
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