Hi and welcome to Healthcare Magic. Thanks for your question...
can be due to various causes. It can be due to medical conditions like diabetes
, vascular problems, hormonal
problems, etc. However, in young males it can very often be due to psychological factors... one of the most common being 'performance anxiety'.
The approach to ED firstly involves taking a thorough sexual, medical, and psychosocial history. This is both informative to the doctor and serves as an opportunity to educate the patient and clarify any misconceptions and allieviate any anxiety. A physical examination is also essential. A few tests may also be required to rule out any medical causes and sometimes, patients are advised to have a nocturnal penile tumescence
testing done (this test helps to differentiate between medical and psychological causes).
It is also important to have a detailed discussion about the patient's ideas, concepts and expectations with regards to sexual performance and his sexual problems. Another very important thing is to realize that the person's sexual partner also plays an integral role in therapy. For successful and effective management to be achieved, the evaluation and discussion of any intervention should include both partners.
Unfortunately, people tend to have an oversimplistic idea about ED - that can just be treated with medication like viagra
, etc., On the other hand, a wholistic approach is what will give most effective results.
I would suggest that you advise him to consult a psychiatrist
and discuss his sexual problems, concerns and worries. The psychiatrist will be able to assess him in detail and suggest an appropriate management approach.
All the best.
- Dr. Jonas Sundarakumar