Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction In Young Men
There are many reasons for men to be unable to have an erection and here are several causes of erectile dysfunction in young men. In order to get an erection, the nerve impulses in the brain must travel down the spinal column to the area around the penis. At the same time there must be a response in the muscles, fibrous tissues, arteries and veins that are located in and near the corpora cavernosa. Any damage or interruption in these processes can potentially cause erectile dysfunction.
- Diabetes, alcoholism, vascular or neurologic diseases are some of the largest contributors to erectile dysfunction. Damage from any of these problems may be the cause of approximately seventy percent of the cases of erectile dysfunction in young men.
- Lack of exercise, obesity and smoking may also cause erectile dysfunction. Living a healthy, active lifestyle can lessen the chance of having erectile dysfunction. Discomfort with body image can also cause problems.
- Surgery can result in damage to arteries and/or nerves that are located near the penis. Damage to any of these areas may possibly result in erectile dysfunction.
- Medications may cause erectile dysfunction as one of their side effects. Often medications prescribed for high blood pressure, ulcers, weight loss, allergies, or anxiety and/or depression have the potential to cause erectile dysfunction.
- Psychological factors can cause erectile dysfunction. People who suffer from anxiety, depression, stress or guilt are affected. It is estimated approximately ten to twenty percent of the cases are caused by these factors.
- Low self-esteem and fear of failure in having intercourse are other possible causes of erectile dysfunction. Young men without experience who are having a sexual relationship for the first time may worry that they will be unable to maintain an erection or be unable to satisfy their new partner.
- Men who suffer from low testosterone levels are at a greater risk for erectile dysfunction. This condition is treatable by testosterone replacement medications.
- Klinefelter’s syndrome is a rare congenital condition. It is characterized by small testicles, sparce facial hair, enlarged breasts, and less muscle. These men have an extra X (female) chromosome which results in XXY instead of XX. They have very low levels of testosterone. This condition can be improved with testosterone replacement therapy to help the man have a more masculine appearance. With treatment these men can have normal sexual lives, but are usually infertile. Before treatment they may experience erectile dysfunction because of the lack of testosterone and because of their anxiety over their less masculine appearance. There are new techniques that may allow sperm to be taken from the testicles to impregnate their partner.
- Peyronies Disease and Cryptochidism are two conditions that may cause erectile dysfunction. Peyronies Disease is a condition that causes the penis to bend in an upwards position. This may cause the person to have erectile dysfunction because they are embarrassed about their deformity. Cryptochidism also causes stress and potential erectile dysfunction. In this condition one or both testicles do not descend into the scrotum. Men may become embarrassed because of their appearance.
- Traumatic events may cause erectile dysfunction. Things such as death of a spouse, child, or parents, a sick child, money worries, or other tragedy may cause erectile dysfunction. Males who are also worried about their possible homosexuality may also experience problems.