I have a big concern I have been noticing over the past year and finally tired of it and trying to take care of it. The problem is I am unable to get/maintain an erection. Even when I do get an erection, it's not near as hard as it used to be. I'm only 22 so it's not really an age issue. I really don't think it's a mental issue either because before I started having this problem I was quite confident. I really believe this is due to low testosterone levels. The reason why I think this is because for over a year I was on a real bad diet eating only maybe 5 grams a fat a day. I was also lifting weights 5-7 days a week, so I think eating no fat and lifting so much lowered my test levels and is causing this problem. I'm going to the doctor to get my test levels checked out in 2 of 3 weeks, but this causing me mental hell, and I don't know how much longer I can wait to find out for sure. I was just wondering if any of you knew if having a really bad diet and over training can really mess your test levels up this much and also can my test levels be brought back up by correcting my diet and training, and if so, how long would it take? Here is some more info about me just incase anybody asks. I can get an erection while masturbation, it is pretty weak though, and if I stop for more than 15-30 seconds I lose it and most of the time it doesn't come back. I do get an erection in the morning some of the time, but really weak also. Also I am unable to give myself mental erections (for example watching porn, not pervert, just trying to gather as much info as possible on my situation), I can only obtain an erection by actually touching it to get it semi hard. So I'm not even going to get into my sex life with this situation. Pretty embarrassing. Well after this last weekend, I said enough of this and I'm getting it fixed. If anybody can help me with info on how somebody my age can get low test levels and if & how long does it take my test levels to go back to normal if this is the case. Thanks for any advice anyone can give me.
From some things I've read on this board your problem does sound like low testosterone. It is treatable but we've got a pro in our numbers on this topic. I'll try to find the thread and get back to you, but if I don't you'll be hearing from him soon I can almost guarantee! Keep checking here often! You're right, at 22 it is WAY to early to be having this kinda thing happening with the equipment....hang in there!
Your biggest problem is going to be finding a doctor that will believe a 22 year old has any other problem than a mental one. I think you will have to push to get a blood test for testosterone.
So, are you depressed (lost your job, girl friend, family member die, are you worrying about being gay)? You should be prepared for questions like that.
You have been lifting weights. Did you also take steroids? Were you taking other supplements, like creatine? Have you been taking illegal drugs or drinking a lot? I doubt your diet would cause this problem, a 22 year old body is pretty resilient. But supplements/drugs certainly can.
Do you have any other symptoms like fatigue, irritable, muscle weakness, frequent urination, recent weight gain/loss, loss of interest in life or hobbies, difficulty finding joy in life, dry skin, bowl movement troubles, dry mouth/eyes, frequent infections, and have u used antibiotics recently?
Did this happen suddenly or slowly over time. Did it happen with a girl (how did she react?) and now you are super worried about it happening again?
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To answer some of the questions..
I'm not depressed right now, well except for my problem that I'm having, other than that everything is fine in my life. I'm never taken any steroids before, but I have taken creatine and also androstene like 4 or 5 years ago.. The last thing I have taken, that I take quite often is Ripped Fuel, which the ingredients are ephedrine, aspirin, and caffeine.. I know ephedrine can cause some problems maintaining an erection while on it, but I was off of it for over a month and still experiencing the same problems, so I've pretty much ruled that out. I have smoked weed before a few times, but that was like 6 or 7 years ago, like back when was I was around 15.. I don't drink, I might get drunk once every month or two.. Also I'm not on any kind of medication. Only pills I take is stuff like multivitamins.
I'm not ruling out a mental problem that could be causing this, but I really don't think it is since every erection I get (when I do get them) is a lot softer than it used to be.
As far as any other symptoms. I am tired quite a bit, because I don't get much sleep due to work, average is around 6 1/2 hours of sleep a night. Not really having any of the other symptoms that you noted in there. I guess I really haven't felt like doing much in the last few months, but that is just due to being worried about this situation, it's pretty much the only thing on my mind now.
I'm not sure really when it happen because I was so caught up in lifting weights and getting my body bigger that I really wasn't worried about anything else.. Well then when I started trying to get sexual with girls again, that's when I noticed it. So everything was fine before I got really into weight lifting and on a screwed up diet, 3 or 4 months later it's never been the same. It's been like this for 8 months now.. It's happened with multiple girl, just not one, and before this happen I was quite confident in bed, so I know it's not due to anxiety or anything. But yeah, I'm worried every time now, in fact, it's the only thing I think of when I wake up and go to sleep for the last 3 months.. So it could be mental now, but before I honestly think it wasn't a mental problem. Hope this answered all your questions.
If the doctor doubts his need to a check of his testosterone levels and wants to push the mental aspect I wouldn't even take the time to see that doc. If the doc can't at least check what the patient feels is a possible cause then that doctor is not working for the patient. That does not mean the doctor has to agree with the patient in his thinking but unless the patient is a hypochondriac the doc should be willing to order the needed tests unless he can for sure give you a good sound medical reason for not doing it.
Just a thought here, you're spending lots of time worrying about your friend and if/when he's gonna let you down again. Our two heads are very connected, once this stuff happens it is really hard (no pun intended!) to believe that things are OK and will work as planned. Although I suspect that some of this is what is happening, it may be a good idea for a checkup and discussion with your doc about alot of things. Certainly sounds like your diet and focus on "getting bigger" may have changed other things also. So, my tip is....try to stop worrying about your penis and if it's gonna work when needed and schedule an appt with your doc for a physical to make sure all is well. Then, move on, date, get physical and focus on pleasing her, while trying not to focus on your penis and I suspect things will be just fine!
You sound pretty healthy to me and the fact that you were able to gain muscles shows that your testosterone can not be very low. Low testosterone always results in muscle loss over time. My best guess is that taking caffiene and ephedrine hyperstimulated your body and then it went into a resting phase. You tried to have sex during that time and it didn't work so now your problem has become more mental than physical.
Might as well go have to the doc and check your hormones just in case, don't think your problem lies there. If your tests come back normal (middle to high normal) then you can be pretty sure its a mental thing and knowing that will make getting over it easier.
Thanks for the reply everyone. I do think you're right Orion about the ephedrine and caffeine causing this. The first time it happened I was on it, so it got me worried, and by now I'm so worried about it, I think the same thing is going to happen every time so I try to hard to make myself get an erection it don't even work. I think I just need to get drunk this weekend so it will take it off my mind and then see what happened, if it works then, I'll know it's mental then.