WHY ARE YOUNGER MEN GETTING ED?

Younger men, and you can include those in their 40s, often consider themselves bulletproof when it comes to their health. So to begin experiencing erectile dysfunction, a health issue they thought only ‘old dudes’ got, may come as quite a surprise. The fact is, some younger men do get erectile dysfunction (ED) too. And the numbers are surprising. A 2013 study showed as many as one in four men experiencing ED were under 40 years old1.

 

How is this so?
The big difference between ED in younger men compared to those older may be found in the underlying causes. While both groups can be affected by the same causes, older men tend to experience ED due to health related issues such as high blood pressure, cholesterol or diabetes. For younger men it’s believed to be more the result of lifestyle factors1,2.  
Here are the common culprits….

 

Stress and anxiety.

Busy careers, big mortgages, a rocky relationship, even performance anxiety in the bedroom – stress and anxiety can have a big impact on cardiovascular health and blood pressure – both major causes of ED3.

 

Being hard on your body.

Too much alcohol, smoking or taking drugs (illicit or otherwise) can cause ED as can a lack of exercise and living a sedentary life.  Less bad stuff and more of the good is your best bet3.

 

Porn.

As surprising as it may sound, it’s believed many younger men can’t achieve erections because their brains have been ‘rewired’ by watching too much porn. In their mind, real girls can’t compete with the hyper-stimulation of what they see on screen3.

 

Physical Trauma

If your ED occurred after being hit, whacked or smacked ‘down there’ it could be due to physical trauma. This is when things get more serious because if your machinery is broken it won’t matter how much stress you remove or how much you clean up your lifestyle. Get a check up from your doctor ASAP.   

 

If you’re experiencing ED, young or not, keep in mind that many of the above causes are controllable to some degree. Reassessing work/life balance, dialling back poor lifestyle choices –  these are measures that could make all the difference. Another thing that will definitely help is a trip to your doctor. They’ll have a better idea what’s causing your ED and whether or not a treatment like Viagra® is right for you.  To find out more about ED or to see a doctor about getting Viagra®, click here.

 

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References:

1 Capogrosso P, et al. J Sex Med 2013;10:1833–1841.

2 McCullough AR. et al. Urology 2002; 60: (Suppl 2B) 28-38.

3 Health Navigator New Zealand. Available at: https://www.healthnavigator.org.nz/health-a-z/e/erectile-dysfunction/ (Accessed 20 May 2019).

4 Park BY et al. Behav. Sci. 2016, 6, 17; doi:10.3390/bs6030017