Causes of Erectile Dysfunction at Young Age

It is generally accepted that erectile dysfunction is a problem of older men. But the first signs of impotence can appear in young men under 30 years old. This problem seems humiliating, brings severe psychological shock and complicates relations with the opposite sex. Men find it difficult to admit this problem, but men should not postpone diagnosis and treatment, as problem can worsen. It is extremely important to find out causes of erectile dysfunction in 30 years to choose effective method of erectile dysfunction treatment.erectile dysfunction

Types of Erectile Dysfunction

Depending on reasons for ED, the following types of impotence are distinguished.


Cardiovascular diseases are associated with the damage to vascular walls, including those vessels that are located in the penis. This leads to problem of blood supply to the penis and, as a consequence, to decrease in potency. Vascular lesions can occur due to presence of concomitant diseases (diabetes, atherosclerosis, etc.). For example, at atherosclerosis, there is an increased content of cholesterol in blood. It damages the inner part of vascular wall and promotes the deposition of atherosclerotic plaques that cover the lumen of vessels. In some cases, impotence is not a consequence of the disease, but one of the symptoms. This is due to the fact that small vessels of penis are more sensitive and respond faster to disturbances.

Neurogenic causes of impotence are usually manifested as a consequence of trauma, blood stroke, peripheral nerve and CNS diseases. Erectile dysfunction appears due to difficulty or total obstruction of nerve impulses in cavernous bodies.

The main hormonal factor for appearance of erectile dysfunction is lack of testosterone (hypogonadism). This condition is more typical of older men, but it often manifests itself in young people. Also, cause of impotence in men at young age can be endocrine disorders associated with excessive production of prolactin. This hormone has antagonistic action against testosterone.

Continued abstinence can also lead to impairment of sexual function. As a rule, this factor in young people is much less common than in men older than 40 years. In most cases, you can get rid of the disease immediately after restoration of normal sexual life.


Psychological impotence is the most common among young people, especially those who are just starting to have sex. Doctors say that it is easier for older men to cope with ailment, since they already have sufficient life experience, while young men will most likely need help of a specialist.

Problems with potency can arise if a young person is psychologically traumatized in childhood or adolescence because of difficult relationships with parents associated with sexual identity. Some parents convince child that sexual life is shameful. Over the years, such thoughts prevent a man from concentrating on pleasant sensations and enjoying sex.

Feelings and emotions that disturbed man at the moment can have strong effect on appearance of erection. Many young men tend to have anxiety associated with fear of being infected or infecting someone with STDs, fear of being rejected or ridiculed. Also, sexual dysfunction can occur on the background of moral fatigue, depression, low self-esteem, feelings of guilt.

The relationship with a partner is an important factor in sexual life. If life is poisoned by misunderstanding, constant quarrels, ridicule, treason, while spiritual affinity, a man experiences the strongest stress, which is reflected in the sexual function. Another cause of impotence may be a physical unattractiveness of partner or thought of own unattractiveness.


Erectile dysfunction in young men can occur on the background of taking certain medications in treatment of ulcerative, cardiovascular, mental illnesses and other pathological conditions. As a rule, problems with potency must be overcome after the drug is discontinued or replaced with a safer analog.

Category: Erectile dysfunction

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