Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Affects Younger Men Too

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is a condition that affects a man's ability to get or maintain an erection. It is commonly thought of to be a condition that affects only older men. However, younger men can also be affected by ED, which can be confusing and difficult to deal with. In fact, the Journal of Sexual Medicine suggests that as many as 26% of men under the age of 40 suffer from erectile dysfunction. This often causes significant problems with intimacy in their relationships and makes having a satisfying sex life difficult. Here's how younger men can get help with erectile dysfunction and regain their ability to have healthy erections. 

What causes erectile dysfunction in young men? 

There are many different causes of ED, and the risk of developing ED increases as you age. In younger men, however, the causes are more likely to be lifestyle related. This sometimes makes treating erectile dysfunction simpler, however, it's not always easy for the patient to change their lifestyle. Some of the most common causes of erectile dysfunction in younger men include but are not limited to: 

There may be other causes of erectile dysfunction in young men, and fortunately, the condition is highly treatable. It may take some time and trial and error to discover the best treatment, so patience is key. Additionally, ED can be a symptom of underlying conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure that need to be treated. If you struggle with ED, it's important to talk with a physician as soon as possible — your body may be trying to tell you something. 

Lifestyle changes for young men with ED 

Lifestyle changes are generally the first line of treatment in erectile dysfunction cases. Young men with a higher than normal BMI or body mass index can become involved in a weight loss program. Hypertension and diabetes can be treated with medication. Medication is also available to treat thyroid hormone disorders, and testosterone supplements can help patients whose ED may be caused by low levels of testosterone. Men who suffer from mental illnesses such as anxiety and depression can get help from medication and cognitive behavioral therapy, and men who use cigarettes, drugs, steroids, or alcohol can try to quit or reduce their use. 

It's worth noting that many medications can cause erectile dysfunction as a side effect. For example, blood pressure medication and medicines used for anxiety and depression are well known to cause ED. It's important to discuss your ED with your physician and monitor whether your ED continues or worsens when on the medication. You may need to try different types of medicines before you find the one that works best with your unique body chemistry. 

Often, changing lifestyle habits or treating underlying conditions that cause erectile dysfunction or treating can have excellent results for younger men. If the problem persists, however, there are still other treatments available. 

How else is erectile dysfunction treated in young men? 

If your ED does not improve with lifestyle changes or the treatment of underlying conditions that could be causing the problem, your doctor may recommend a medication specifically designed to help you achieve and maintain an erection. Other treatments can include sound wave therapy, intracorporeal injections that can be done in the comfort of your own home, and other treatments. Your doctor will work with you to find the most effective erectile dysfunction treatments for you. 

Contact The Male Method today 

If you're struggling with erectile dysfunction, it's time to make an appointment to see a physician. Many younger men may be embarrassed that this is happening so early in life, but rest assured that Dr. Kevin Hornsby will do everything possible to make you feel comfortable and cared for. Book your appointment online, or call our office. We're ready to help you get your life back after ED. 

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