Erectile dysfunction: My erection issues left me feeling suicidal
I used to go to sleep crying about it.
By Benn King
I was 16 when I first noticed that my penis wasn’t staying hard during masturbation.
Then I stopped getting morning hard-ons. That was the first real sign that something was wrong. Over the next 12 months, things got progressively worse. Masturbation and sex became increasingly difficult – the moment I stopped stimulating it, my penis would go soft. I’m sure my girlfriend at the time noticed something wasn’t right but it was just too awkward to talk about it.
There was nobody I felt I could turn to – I grew up without a dad and was too embarrassed to tell my school friends. They would have roasted me. Instead, I bantered about my sex life like everyone else.
Keeping up a front like that was stressful. I thought impotence was something that only happened to older men. But it’s an increasingly common problem in young guys. According to a recent study, one in every four new erectile dysfunction patients is under 40. My current doctor told me that one in 10 men will suffer from it at some point in their lives – but it’s still such a taboo subject. [Read the full story here]