For those who are in their 20’s or 30’s, getting and keeping an erection should be as simple as breathing since male sexual desire should peak in early adulthood in the lifespan. But it does not necessarily mean that young men should be immune to erectile dysfunction (ED). In fact, ED also strikes the young due to a few factors in psychology, life style, and diseases. Given that the difference between a young and older man, in most cases psychological interventions are found preferable to an ED drug in the treatment of young man’s impotence. After all, the psychological causes should be mainly blamed for ED in your 20s.
What causes erectile dysfunction in young men?
As mentioned above, stress related ED is the most common one among youngsters. However, young men suffering from ED can be caused by a single factor or the combination of a few of them.
1. Psychological factors. As mentioned above, more often than not the primary causes for that is psychological. These factors include stress, anxiety, depression, and the like. These negative emotional states can be triggered by many things that might not seem like much, such as performance jitters, condom troubles, and so on.
Young men love to win. When it comes to sexual performance they desire to excel over others too. This may cause psychological distress, which can be so overwhelming sometimes that it leads to situational erectile dysfunction or short-term ED. In turn, a temporarily failed erection may make it worse. That’s to say, this temporary problem may evolve into a long-term one. This looks like a vicious circle – the increasing performance anxiety can make the younger males’ performance get worse and worse. If the patients want to jump out of it, they should learn how to take it easy in the first place.
Apart from that, some teenagers may be difficult to get “in the mood” once a condom is on. This may sound strange but it is true. Some experts explain that the kind of impotence is not uncommon for men. This is because wearing a condom can break the mood due to the break from stimulation. Thus, a man goes soft and loses an erection.
2. Life style. May cases of loss of erectile function in America’s 20- and 30-Somethings are the direct result of bad habits and behaviors, which include over-indulgence in sexual activities or excessive sexual activities, improper diet, overwork, masturbation, booze, smoking, drug abuse, and more. Next, let’s take drinking too much alcohol and drug abuse as the examples to illustrate how they cause the loss of libido in guys in their 20s and 30s.
Boozing and smoking can cause losing erection in men since alcohol and tobacco have obvious deleterious effects on male sexual performance. Many people believe that drinking can increase genital blood flow, arousal, and sex drive. However, it works only when relatively small amounts of alcohol are used. In other words, excessive drinking tends to wind up with the opposite effect. After all, alcohol is nothing but a depressant.
Drug abuse is another risk factor for erectile dysfunction. For example, priapism, an abnormal persistent erection of the penis, is a potentially painful medical condition that sometimes associates with cocaine use. In this case, the patient should be sent to hospital immediately.
3. Some diseases. Obesity is the most common one in this respect. Although it won’t cause ED directly, obesity can still impact erectile function since it increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes. And experiments show that compared to those who have no the mentioned two diseases the men with them are more likely to experience ED.
Erectile dysfunction in 20s treatment
Since psychological factor plays an important role in impotence in young adults, it is a good place to start. In addition, some other issues need the attention too.
1. Eliminating the psychological root. That means the patients should have a full understanding of impotence and the impact of psychological factors on sexual function. Don’t let the impact of negative psychological states take hold and don’t frustrate because of the failure of a sexual intercourse;
2. Quitting masturbation. If a young person has sexual thoughts all the time, look at pornography, and indulge in masturbation, he is very likely to experience erectile dysfunction. Facts have proved that letting the central nervous system and sexual organs get enough rest by avoiding all types of sexual stimulation is indeed an effective measure to combat impotence;
3. Improving physical fitness. All weakness, fatigue, lack of sleep, and tough mental work can trigger ED. So, actively engaging in physical exercise, enhancing physical fitness, taking regular breaks and vacations, and preventing fatigue can help adjust the imbalances of the central nervous system function and then maintain an erection;
4. No Viagra and similar prescription ED drugs. Apparently, an ED drug is not the best option here. In this case, seeing a psychologist is better than the prescription medication. What’s worse, abusing aphrodisiac may do nothing for improving the loss of erection but lead to some serious complications;
5. Quitting alcohol and tobacco. Long-term smoking can impede blood from flowing into the outer periphery of the body, affect the penis blood circulation, reduce male sexual response, and finally result in erectile dysfunction. The researchers pointed out that risk factors for impotence caused poor blood circulation include smoking, diabetes, high cholesterol and high blood pressure. Among them, smoking is the worse one. In addition, wine is a gonadal toxin. For that reason, drinking too much alcohol can poison gonads. The poisoning symptoms include lower testosterone in blood and impotence or infertility in 70% to 80% of people.