Can men have erectile dysfunction at an early age?

Erectile dysfunction is stereotyped to affect older men. Commercials for medications curing erectile dysfunction depict old men trying to regain their youth. This is indeed a myth. Erectile dysfunction is actually not age specific. Any adult male can be diagnosed with erectile dysfunction. The causes for a younger man to have erectile dysfunction are very different compared to a man experiencing erectile dysfunction at an age past 60.

Men past the age of 20 have shown symptoms of erectile dysfunction. The causes are purely psychological. A traumatic life event can ruin a man’s ability to perform in the bedroom. Some men form a mental block that limits them from getting an erection. Having thoughts of pregnancy scares can ruin the entire act of sex. If a man’s worry were getting their partner pregnant, they will not be able to get them pregnant since they will not get an erection. Having safe sex is a way to prevent this mental block from occurring and limiting sexual performance.

Being diagnosed with a mental illness is one of the leading causes for men being diagnosed with erectile dysfunction at an early age. Depression and anxiety are contributing factors for a decline in overall sex drive. Even more so, men at an early age diagnosed with depression normally take medications to treat the depression. A common side effect of depression and anxiety medication is erectile dysfunction. Young men can trap themselves into a cycle of erectile dysfunction that can become impossible to break.

A small part of the male population diagnosed with erectile dysfunction are in their early age. In fact, about 5 percent of men between the age of 20 to 35 experience erectile dysfunction.

There is one culprit that can be eliminated from a young man’s life that can significantly reduce the effect erectile dysfunction can have. Studies have shown men who drink more than three times in one week increase their chances significantly for erectile dysfunction. Alcohol may make it easier to talk to women, but what good can that do if one could not perform sexually because of it.

One health issue that can affect younger men which has a direct correlation with erectile dysfunction is type II diabetes. This form of diabetes ensures that the male would be overweight and not physically healthy. Being overweight severely limits the chances of getting an erection. More importantly, diabetes can affect a man’s cholesterol levels. Having arteries that will not allow the proper blood flow to the penis will cause for an inability for the penis to work.

There are two different types of erectile dysfunction one can experience, consistent and periodic. Doctors recommend younger men to be extremely specific about their sexual history because erectile dysfunction is easily treatable. Perhaps therapy can work if the condition is caused by a mental disorder. Doctors do not recommend young men to take pills like Viagra because there are more consistent cases of drug abuse in these instances.