Erectile dysfunction – that’s an older man’s problem… isn’t it? Unfortunately not. ED can affect you at any age, with as many as 1 in 10 men experiencing ED at some point in their lives.1 What’s more, 26% of men currently dealing with erection problems are under 40.2 If you’re a younger man living with this problem there are a whole range of treatments available, and we’re on hand to help find the best option for you.
Start with a simple lifestyle change
There are lots of things that can affect a man’s ability to get and maintain an erection. ED can be the first indication of an underlying health problem such as high blood pressure, diabetes or heart disease, so it’s important to seek medical advice—even if you think you know why you’re experiencing the symptoms.
There are a few things you can do to improve your chances of steering clear of ED. Smoking and drinking excessive amounts of alcohol are both causes, as are various recreational drugs.3 Kicking these habits will help you to overcome ED, and make you less likely to develop serious health problems.
Consider cutting down on cycling
Exercise is an excellent way to stay healthy and combat erection problems. If you’re currently cycling for more than three hours a week, it is possible that you may be putting pressure on essential nerves and arteries to the penis. Perhaps try swapping cycling for walking or running.
Coping with stress and anxiety
Although stress and anxiety can be difficult to avoid in the fast-paced society we live in, this is also a leading cause of ED. Whether you’d rather go for an easy stroll, cook, or kick back in front of the TV to watch your favourite show, it’s important that you take a few hours a day to relax. Eating healthy food will also help you to keep excess weight at bay, which in turn will help make ED less likely to be an issue.
If stress and anxiety are still bothering you, why not speak to a counsellor? A chat with a healthcare professional could be just the thing to help you manage your anxiety, and leave ED at the door.
Talk to your partner
It’s worth remembering that while ED can feel very personal, it’s something that affects your partner, too. If ED has made intercourse difficult or it’s lowered your libido, this is something that affects the both of you.
Take time to talk to your partner. Having an open conversation about ED could put you both at ease, and your partner will be better equipped to support you as you seek treatment.
Find a medication that works for you
You can rest assured that there are plenty of treatments available that will help you put ED to bed. Normally, young men use one treatment: Viagra (which is a branded version of sildenafil). .Viagra opens up the arteries which supply blood to the penis. This allows blood to fill the erectile tissue in the penis, which is what facilitates an erection. You can read more about different treatment options at our Men’s Health Clinic.
You can also book an easy and discreet online consultation with a healthcare professional to help you decide which treatment is the best option for you. There’s no need to book an appointment in advance—just head online to LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor. Once you’ve had your consultation, you’ll be able to access a variety of medication through our quick and easy service.
Don’t let ED stand in your way
The ED Clinic at LloydsPharmacy Online Doctor can help you work out which is the best treatment to help you make ED a thing of the past. Start your free and discreet online consultation now.
- NHS Choices- Livewell – https://www.nhs.uk/livewell/goodsex/pages/malesexualdysfunction.aspx
- Healthline – https://www.healthline.com/health/erectile-dysfunction/young-men#ed-in-young-men
- One patient out of four with newly diagnosed erectile dysfunction is a young man – https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23651423