​Erectile Dysfunction Affects the Young Too

Despite what you may think, many younger Aussie blokes are affected by erectile dysfunction. This can be both premature ejaculation as well as what used to be termed impotence: the inability to get or maintain an erection sufficient for sexual activity.

Anxiety ED in Young Men

Though less common than with men middle-aged and older, younger men are not immune to erectile dysfunction. For some men in their late teens and early twenties, inability to get an erection is a regular experience.

For younger men, the most frequent common causes of erectile dysfunction are psychological, in particular anxiety. This can be due to fear of the condom breaking, causing pregnancy, or even performance anxiety – a fear of having sex in general, in particular if sexually inexperienced.

Condom Collapse Syndrome

A lot of young men affected by erectile dysfunction also experience something termed Condom Collapse Syndrome. This is basically where, for various reasons, men find they lose their erections as soon as they try to put one on. One good method for overcoming this is to get your partner to put it on for you.

For most younger men, the best way to deal with erectile dysfunction is to locate stressful/anxiety-inducing factors in your life and try to deal with them directly. In some cases consulting with a local Australian sexual counsellor or psychologist may prove invaluable.

Premature Ejaculation ED in Young Men

The most common form of erectile dysfunction amongst younger men is however premature ejaculation.

Premature ejaculation is basically when men ejaculate too swiftly for a mutually satisfying sexual encounter. Or in other words, earlier than their partner would like them to.

At least one-third of young men are known to experience erectile dysfunction in the form of premature ejaculation, though many experts believe this figure is probably higher. Premature ejaculation can cause distress and interpersonal difficulties, and can lead to decreased sexual satisfaction for both partners.

How Premature Ejaculation is Diagnosed

According to Sexual Health Australia, four broad criteria are typically involved in the diagnosis of premature ejaculation in Australia:

1. Ejaculatory Latency Time
This is the time it takes for ejaculation to occur post penetration. Ejaculation that occurs prior to penetration, or within 1-2 minutes is usually considered premature, although for some couples climax at around 2 minutes is mutually satisfactory and not considered premature.

It’s important of course to note that a man’s ejaculatory time varies across the course of life, and be affected by many factors including:

  • Level of excitement
  • Level of anxiety
  • Level of sexual experience
  • Level of foreplay
  • New partner
  • New sexual activity/position
  • Relationship/Intimacy issues
  • Time since last ejaculation

2.Ejaculatory Control
This one is fairly self-explanatory. Younger men affected by this form of erectile dysfunction tend to have difficulty controlling ejaculation, hence the inability to delay.

3. Dissatisfaction of Partner and/or Self
This is where the premature ejaculation is negatively impacting on either or both partners. Negative impact can take the following forms:

  • Distress
  • Anxiety
  • Relationship stress
  • Frustration
  • Sadness
  • General sexual dissatisfaction

All these factors will be carefully considered as part of the diagnostic process.

4. Relationship Withdrawal
In younger men this form of erectile dysfunction can result not only in avoidance of sex itself, but also wider intimacy and affection can commonly be negatively impacted. As such it is important that all good diagnostic processes take a look at how the wider relationship is fairing also.

Methods for Delaying Ejaculation

For some young men, the distraction technique or de-sensitising condoms may be enough to deal with this type of erectile dysfunction.

If premature ejaculation is causing significant problems though there are other options available to help resolve the issue. There are several physical techniques to help delay ejaculation that can be put into practice in the comfort of your own home.

It’s also possible to treat premature ejaculation with some anti-depressants, or a specially designed constriction ring. These latter two options are only available via men’s health specialists however, and will require a consultation first. If you think you could benefit from these though it’s worth biting the bullet and taking that first step! Don’t forget, many young men are affected by erectile dysfunction; you’re certainly not the only one.

Premature Ejaculation Consequences for Young Men

Are you dissatisfied with the time it takes to climax? Have you ever avoided a sexual encounter out of embarrassment, or has the condition ever caused relationship problems?

Left untreated, premature ejaculation can cause significant problems:

  • Performance anxiety
  • Insecurity
  • Stress / general anxiety
  • Low self esteem
  • General lack of confidence
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction

As such, it’s well worth taking action and doing something about it. If premature ejaculation is causing you significant problems, it’s a good idea to consult with your doctor or men’s health specialist—as embarrassing as that may seem!

Not sure where to start? If you don’t want to have a heart to heart with your regular doctor, there’s other options you can try.

Sexual Health Australia offers face-to-face counselling in Sydney, and phone services across the country. They’re an excellent starting-point. There's plenty of other local Aussie options available for review here too. Whatever you do, don’t delay! Don’t be embarrassed, thinking that you’re the only young man to be affected by erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation. The sooner you start to face this common erectile dysfunction for young men, the sooner you can enjoy regular sexual function again.