Erection Problems in Young Men
Erection problems are not a routine part of aging and are less likely in men who don’t have high blood pressure, diabetes, or heart disease, and who manage stress and emotions well.
What is an Erection Problems?
An erection problem is when a man cannot get or keep an erection that is firm enough to have intercourse. You may be unable to get an erection at all. Or, you may lose the erection during intercourse before you are ready.
If the condition continues, it is called erectile dysfunction.
What causes erection problems?*
Erection problems may be caused by physical problems, such as injury to nerves or loss of blood supply to the penis.
Common causes of erection problems include:
- Diseases such as diabetes, high blood pressure, heart or thyroid conditions, poor blood flow, depression, or nervous system disorders (such as multiple sclerosis or Parkinson’s disease)
- Medicines, including blood pressure medications (especially beta-blockers), heart medications (such as digoxin), some peptic ulcer medications, sleeping pills, and antidepressants
- Nerve damage from prostate surgery
- Nicotine, alcohol, or cocaine use
- Poor communication with your partner
- Repeated feelings of doubt and failure
- Spinal cord injury
- Stress, fear, anxiety, or anger
- Unrealistic sexual expectations, which make sex a task instead of a pleasure