It’s long been known that erectile dysfunction is more prevalent in older men. But it has also always affected a large number of younger men. There are many potential causes of ED, and many cases are treatable. But is ED getting more common in younger men?

What do research studies have to say?

According to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, ED affected 26% of men under the age of 40. Half of the study group had severe ED. The 2013 study suggests ED is more common among young men than previously thought. Another study, by the Massachusetts Male Ageing Study, suggested the proportion of men with mild or moderate ED roughly correlates with the decade of their lives. For instance, 40% of men in their 40s, 50% of men in their 50s, and so on. However, a more recent study by Co-op Pharmacy suggests 50% of men in their 30s struggle with ED.

Although the above studies do not exactly concur, there’s no doubt that many younger men experience ED. But getting reliable data to know whether ED is becoming more common in young men cannot be known for sure. That’s because it’s challenging to get large sample sizes of youngsters who will admit to not getting a good erection. Due to it commonly being something men don’t want to talk about, numbers of young men with ED issues can only be estimated.


Causes and Treatments

Both psychological and physical problems can cause ED. Psychological factors include depression, anxiety, and stress, while physical issues include heart problems, obesity, and diabetes.

Thankfully, there are now several treatments to help men get and maintain an erection for sex. For instance, there are several medication treatments available. One of the most popular and proven-to-work is Cialis, which can be purchased at Also known as Tadalafil, Cialis can be taken orally. You need to be sexually aroused for the tablets to work. Take a pill an hour before you are going to have sexual intercourse. The Cialis will begin to work within 30 to 60 minutes. But it can also last up to 36 hours, so you don’t need to rush anything. The other popular non-prescription drugs on the market for ED include Viagra, Stendra, and Levitra. All of these work by relaxing the muscles and increasing the boost of blood flow to the penis. Other treatments for ED include:

  •   Healthy lifestyle changes.
  •   Intracavernosal injections.
  •   Intraurethral suppositories.
  •   Testosterone therapy.
  •   Vacuum constriction devices.
  •   Surgery.

Are there other causes for ED in younger men?

Pornography could play a part in causing ED. The idea is still being studied, so there are no defining answers as of yet. But some doctors believe having access to widespread porn on the internet could be making more young men experience ED problems. It seems as though more and more youngsters are able to maintain an erection while watching porn, but struggle with getting or maintaining one with a partner. That is because young men are used to having sexual experiences with pornography more than they have physical sex. They then get used to self-simulation and become less responsive to the sensations of having sex with a partner.

According to a study by Translational Andrology and Urology, cardiovascular and metabolic risk factors are often overlooked as causes of ED among young men. Liver and kidney problems can also contribute to ED. Another cause could be Peyronie’s disease, in which the penis has a significant bend, which means blood flow to the penis is somewhat restricted.

If you find yourself experiencing ED problems, your first step should be to see a doctor. You can then explore the various options for the cause of your issue and the treatments available.