Erectile Dysfunction in Younger Men
The conversation regarding erectile dysfunction has picked up in recent years, which has paved the way for millions of men to finally address a very important health issue. Usually, when we hear about this sexual health condition, it is older men who are included in the relevant patient population. However, it is vital that we recognize the need for more extensive awareness.
According to one study published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, approximately 25% of erectile dysfunction cases involve men under age 40. Furthermore, almost half of the men who sought treatment for erectile dysfunction were diagnosed with severe symptoms of the condition. Evidence from this study alone tells us that ED may be far more prevalent than we have believed. It also tells us that we have a way to go in overcoming the stigma related to this condition.
Research indicates that just over one-third of men experiencing erectile dysfunction are being treated for their sexual wellness. Some also believe that healthcare providers need to become more aware of the nature of ED in younger men so they do not erroneously diagnose their patients as having physiological or temporary sexual dysfunction.
What Could Cause ED in a Younger Man?
Men of all ages who experience erectile dysfunction are generally placed in one of two broad categories. ED is either physical or psychological. Sometimes, though, the two combine. When a younger man experiences the symptoms of erectile dysfunction, we want to look at its nature. If sexual function is erratic, the cause of ED may be psychological. Studies suggest that anxiety of any kind may be one of the leading causes of erectile dysfunction in young men. Chronic ED, on the other hand, is believed to have a biological origin.
Urologic Care for Erectile Dysfunction
A board-certified urologist is the best health care provider to diagnose and treat erectile dysfunction. A physician who routinely consults with men about this condition understands that a wide variety of factors may be involved. Psychological factors that may contribute to erectile dysfunction in younger men include depression, unmanaged stress, and post-traumatic stress disorder. Interestingly, though, some of the medications commonly prescribed to improve quality of life, such as Paxil®, Lexapro®, and other SSRI drugs, may also cause erectile dysfunction.
Professional care for erectile dysfunction helps a man reduce the stress related to either occasional or chronic erectile symptoms. A proper diagnosis and treatment for ED can enable a man to regain his sexual confidence and generally improve his quality of life. There are several ways in which ED can be treated, including prescription drugs, hormone-balancing, lifestyle modifications, and innovative energy therapies.
As an experienced urologist, Dr. Shridharani helps men in the Chattanooga area reduce or eliminate erectile dysfunction. Learn more about this condition and available treatment options. Schedule your consultation at (423) 778-4MEN (4636).