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Me and my partner have been together 2 years we are 16 and

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me and my partner have been together 2 years we are 16 and 17, we had good sex at the start but for about a year we have struggled since my partner couldnt get a proper erection or keep one. Since then it has gone down hill and I have struggled getting ready. This has resulted in us not bothering with sex atall and dont enjoy it when we do. We love eachother very much and need to sort this problem out with your help. What can we do?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Mental Health
Expert:  911Doctor replied 4 years ago.
Is he using drugs or alcohol?

If not is he on prescription medicines or does he have any medical problems?

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.
He has a drink on the weekends but nothing excessive, and no he is not on any medication or taking any drugs. Hope this helps
Expert:  911Doctor replied 4 years ago.

Very good.

So with a young, healthy male, the cause or ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION is almost always a mental issue.... NOT mental illness mind you, but usually something like anxiety or guilt or depression.


Your boyfriend almost certainly does not have any of the medical causes listed at his age so pay particular attention to the section entitled 'Psychological Causes of Erectile Dysfunction'.

This may be a simple fix, a good heart to heart between you and your partner. It may require that he see his physician or a counselor so he can talk this out.

In summary, extremely low likelihood that there is anything physically wrong with him. Almost certainly this issue is a manifestation of something in his life causing stress or anxiety. Your relationship, money issues, job issues, anything that might be causing stress and anxiety. Sometimes this requires a visit with a physician or a few visits with a counselor.

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