Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction In Your 20s?


Asked by anonymous

Causes Of Erectile Dysfunction In Your 20s?

I am 29 year old suffering from erectile dysfunction in the form of weak erections, even while masturbating and during my morning erections. I can consistently get erections but they are not very hard and I am at the point where I can't have sex with a condom on. This started about six months ago.

I recently went to a doctor and he found nothing wrong with me and prescribed Levitra for the erectile problems. This worked fine but the problem returns as soon as I stop taking the drug. What else could be causing my ED? I think this problem is physical, not psychological, but how can I be sure? Will I need drugs to treat this forever, and will my condition continue to worsen?


Unfortunately your level of worry may well be feeding the problem. I guess there are two immediate things that come to mind. The first is that we shouldn't rule out the possibility that your emotional state is having an influence. It's not uncommon for ED problems to be physical in nature, but it's probably more common to expect some relationship between the physical and the psychological. You might find this article by Dr. Justin Harmon entitled How to Know When Stress, Anxiety or Insecurity are to Blame useful.

The second thought is more directly related to the medication you were prescribed. Sometimes it takes a few changes of medication or tweaking with the dosage before a therapeutic effect can be achieved. It may simply be worth returning to your doctor to report that the tablets no longer have the desired effect.

Here are some articles you might find useful:

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Answered by Jerry Kennard, Ph.D., CPsychol., AFBPsS