One in four men under 40 has Erectile Dysfunction

One in four men under the age of 40 has Erectile Dysfunction (ED), which is much more common than previously thought.

Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotence or ED, occurs when a man is unable to sustain an erection which is sufficient for sexual intercourse.

In a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers revealed that 26 per cent of men under the age of 40 years old were diagnosed with ED. Though the 26 per cent of men had higher circulating testosterone levels and a lower body mass index value than those older than 40 years of age – meaning the men were at their sexual peaks and had a healthier weight – they still experienced symptoms of ED.

Younger ED patients more frequently showed a habit of cigarette smoking and use of illicit drugs, as compared with older men. Premature ejaculation occurred in younger men as well. In fact, severe ED was found in 48.8 per cent young men as compared to 40 per cent in older men, above the age of 40.



Being unable to deal with ED can cause men to lose their self-esteem, feel angry, anxious and frustrated, or even lose interest in sex altogether. For men under the age of 40 years old, who are traditionally seen as men at their physical peaks, suffering from ED can threaten their relationships and be traumatic.

ED is treatable, but the time before and during treatment may be difficult. Here is some advice to assist you and your partner in getting your sex life back on track.


Being embarrassed or ashamed may really take a psychological strain on someone suffering from ED. Openly discussing your problems in a trustworthy and non-judgmental way can relieve the stress.


Aside from taking medicine, a doctor may also suggest psychological therapy. Sometimes symptoms may be somatic.


ED can strain a relationship. Self doubt and a lack of communication can quickly endanger a relationship. Try and understand his condition, be supportive and adapt your lifestyle to encourage your partner.


Journal Source: Capogrosso P, Colicchia M, Ventimiglia E, Castagna G, Clementi MC, Suardi N, Castiglione F, Briganti A, Cantiello F, Damiano R, Montorsi F, and Salonia A. One patient out of four with newly diagnosed erectile dysfunction is a young man—worrisome picture from the everyday clinical practice. J Sex Med 2013;10:1833–1841.

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