Last updated on July 23rd, 2018
When most people think of erectile dysfunction, they do not think of young men. But while most men that experience impotence issues are middle aged or older, erectile dysfunction at a young age happens as well.
Being young and having erectile dysfunction has its own set of challenges in addition to the usual problems. For one thing, it is just simply unexpected. One day everything is working fine, and the next it seems like nothing seems to work the way it should.
Experiencing Erectile Dysfunction At A Young Age – In My 20s
I was 27 years old the first time I saw a doctor about my struggles with ED. I had been having troubles for a couple of months before I even made a call to schedule an appointment. Being in my 20s, it just wasn’t a call I wanted to make. How do you tell the doctor’s office call-taker, a stranger, that you want to see a doctor about erectile dysfunction? But I finally got the nerve to make the call.
The doctor I saw was my family doctor. That was when I got my first glimpse at how some of the medical community views erectile dysfunction in young people. The doctor was very professional and cared about the issue, and even did a prostate exam (that was lovely). But at the end of the exam, he figured my issue was mental, that the anxiety of getting an erection was snowballing, and that after taking the sample of Levitra he handed me I should be just fine. Well, the Levitra did work, but it did not solve my erectile dysfunction. There was still something more going on.
Visiting a Urologist
So after dealing with the impotence issue for a couple of more years, I finally went and saw a urologist. Again, the reason I took some time before seeing a urologist was that I was embarrassed to even make the phone call to the doctor. If there is one piece of advice I could give men dealing with erectile dysfunction at a young age, it is to not be embarrassed to make the call. It is worth it to finally be seen for the issue.
Still, the urologist’s advice was the same as my family physician. After a quick consultation, he said I had a venous leak. Maybe I did, maybe I didn’t (I never heard about this again), but he prescribed me some daily Cialis and said to see him if it didn’t work. The daily Cialis did not work effectively, but I never bothered to make another appointment until 2 years later. I thought that there just wasn’t anything that could be done, and since I was young that I would not get a serious consideration for the things I was going through.
Fortunately I was wrong, and eventually I found a medical provider that took me through a round of treatments that addressed my situation and got me to a place that is satisfactory both to me and my wife.
Getting there, however, was a chore, with lots of frustration. I do not know why young men have trouble with erectile dysfunction. Many doctors seem to think it is all mental. But in my situation that wasn’t the case. If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction at a young age, keep making visits to the doctor until you find one that it committed to helping you out and doesn’t dismiss your case as a matter of anxiety.
Help for Guys with ED at a Young Age Is Available
I know the agony, frustration, and anger of wondering if you will ever again have confidence in getting an erection. I was in my late 20s when I first dealt with that, and I hopefully have a lot of years left. I didn’t want to concede never having sex again, and I kept looking to find an answer. If you are experiencing erectile dysfunction at a young age, keep looking. There is help out there.