Erectile Dysfunction and Associated Risk Factors Among Young Adults

30 March, 2021  |  Raja


Before we talk about the relationship between erectile dysfunction and youth, we need to define what we mean by erectile dysfunction in the first place. Once upon a time, it used to be called ‘impotence’, which means when the penis does not receive enough blood to produce a proper erection for satisfactory sexual intercourse.

Erectile dysfunction is thought to become common with age as people grow older, but it can also affect many young men. Regardless of age, getting treatment for erectile dysfunction is a good idea for all age groups.

While not talked about openly, erectile dysfunction is a widespread occurrence among most of the male population at least once in their lifetime. According to some estimates, in the United Kingdom alone, 4.3 million men have erectile dysfunction to some degree or another.

Can Young People Suffer from Erectile Dysfunction?


As mentioned before, erectile dysfunction is a rarely talked about ailment that is perceived to be a problem for older adults only. However, the truth is that it can and does affect a lot of young men as well. Some estimates put this figure at 8% of men, aged between 20 and 29, who suffer from erectile dysfunction. It was observed to be 11% for men aged between 30 and 39. 

This data suggests that the number of people under the age of 40 seeking ED treatment is increasing day by day.

There are many possibilities for why erectile dysfunction is on the rise. Many common factors can contribute to ED at any age and can include both physical and emotional aspects, both of which are very important for any sexual activity.

Some of the most common factors that contribute to erectile dysfunction include:

  • Smoking cigarettes

  • Drinking a lot of alcohol

  • Pre-existing anxiety, depression or feelings of guilt or shame regarding sexual activity

  • Stress associated with sex or related topics

  • Using recreational drugs

  • Being overweight or obese

  • Living a sedentary lifestyle without any exercise

  • Relying on workout supplements or over the counter erectile aids too often

Whether a man is old or young, making lifestyle changes that reduce stress levels and increase exercise will significantly improve erectile problems and improve their overall health.

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