Real talk – when it comes to erectile dysfunction (ED), most people think of it as a condition that affects only middle-aged or older dudes. I mean, after all, have you seen any of the magazine ads, TV commercials, and internet banners for ED treatment?! It’s as if they took a trip to the nursing home to film the thing! That’s not always the case.
Believe it or not, ED is actually more common in young men than you’d like to think – even among teenagers. Up to 10 percent (or so) of men under 40-years-old are effected by ED on a daily basis. And although that percentage increases with age, the 10 percent stat is quite substantial (think one out of every 10 guys – now that sounds like a big deal).
We get it – erectile dysfunction can be an embarrassing topic, particularly for younger guys. No one is hanging with their buddies… playing X-box… dying to talk about their flaccid fellow. Still, it’s important to remember that ED affects millions of other guys, and that there are many treatment options available. Sure, it may not be something you want to discuss with your friends, but make sure you get medical advice if you’re concerned.
What causes erectile dysfunction in young guys?
Typical contributors of erectile dysfunction include heart disease, hypertension, and advanced atherosclerosis, but, as you can probably tell, those problems are mostly age related and not very common in the younger generation. Therefore, ED in teenagers and younger men is usually related to some type of psychological issue (such as stress). Psychological issues can also include things like:
- Sex performance anxiety (fearing rejection from a partner)
- Guilt (possibly from being taught that sex is not right)
Honestly, young guys are under a crazy amount of stress when it comes to having sex. First of all, the wild expectations porn creates have so badly skewed reality that teens especially have no clue what sex really is. Then, when a guy has one bad or awkward sexual experience, his fear and anxiety go through the roof.
And we don’t blame him. But it can mess with the head so badly that it leads to trouble down the road… ED trouble. It’s like, he worries about performing well enough that he tricks himself into not being able to perform at all. It’s a vicious but totally true cycle.
Psychological issues aren’t the only contributor to ED in young men. Here are a number of other factors that can affect a young dude’s ability to “stand tall”:
Contrary to popular belief, hormones don’t only make our female partners crazy (kidding… kind of). This day and age, the use of certain steroids are more common than should be among young men. But while the mostly-illegal substances can pump up a guy’s muscles, they do the exact opposite for the peen. Using steroids can put a young guy at higher risk of ED.
Other hormonal causes include abnormally high or low levels of thyroid hormone or prolactin (a hormone produced by the pituitary gland).
Narrow blood vessels
What causes narrow blood vessel pathways? High blood pressure, cholesterol, smoking and diabetes can all restrict blood flow to the penis and reduces the chance of getting a hard-on. If there’s family history of heart disease then your risk increases even more.
Acne, depression, blood pressure, oh my! As a teen or young man, certain medications that may be helping you heal in one area could be hurting your Johnson at the same time. Talk to your doctor if you notice ED symptoms while on or after starting a new medication – those used to treat depression, heart conditions, and blood pressure seem to have a heightened effect.
Be smart – heavy drinking and drug use can also contribute to ED.
Treatment for ED in young dudes
Depending on the underlying cause of ED, treatment can vary. Here’s what we know regarding the things we’ve mentioned above:
Take care of your brain
Talk it out man!!! There’s nothing wrong with saying how you feel, and it could help you a TON in the long run. As we mentioned before, maybe your best buds aren’t the best confidants. Counselling or therapy may help deal with stress, depression or performance anxiety, and help kick ED in the ass.
Be a better you
It’s all about baby steps, and we don’t want you to do anything drastic, but switching to a healthy diet and exercise (losing weight), quitting smoking, cutting down on booze and drugs can all help your boners get more bountiful.
So, here’s one of the questions that’s probably on your mind: Are erectile dysfunction drugs such as Viagra and Cialis safe for young guys?
When it comes to teens, very few drugs are tested since it is not cost effective for pharmaceutical companies. Still, many doctors prescribe these drugs to teenagers with good results. As for younger dudes, guys in their 20s and 30s, medications can definitely offer assistance when it comes to getting it on in the sack.
Looking for something a little more natural?
Maybe you’re not too thrilled about the idea of going on prescription medication for ED. We get it – and that’s where we come in. Dr. Seltzer’s Hard-On Helper is a 100 percent natural, over-the-counter version of Viagra, Cialis, and similar prescription drugs. We help accomplish what they do… without requiring a doctor’s order.
Why? Every now and then, we all need a little help getting it up. Let’s just face it – porn set us up for unrealistic expectations and hard-ons usually just don’t grow that big (without a penis pump, at least!). Dr. Seltzer’s is specially crafted with all-natural ingredients that are formulated to deliver satisfactory male enhancement. We’re intended for male adults only and are safe and effective.
Whether you’re old or young, ED doesn’t have to get in the way. Take a deep breath, lay off the drugs, talk about your feelings, enlist the help of Dr. Seltzer’s Hard-On Helper, and get ready to kick ED in the ass!