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New research has found it’s not just older men who may have trouble in the bedroom.
According to a study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine, about one in four men seeking treatment for erectile dysfunction are under the age of 40.
This represents a significant change since ED has historically been an older man’s ailment, typically only occurring in younger men experiencing a psychological problem.
In older men, it is usually an issue of cardiovascular dysfunction.
Also distressing, the study finds, is the severity of the cases involving younger men.
For older men, severe cases are identified in about 40 percent of patients. However, researchers found nearly half of all younger men reporting ED have a severe case.
“Researchers found nearly half of all younger
men reporting ED have a severe case.”
“This is the first research showing evidence of severe erectile dysfunction in a population of men 40 years of age or younger,” said Irwin Goldstein, editor-in-chief of The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
The data was collected based on 439 men seeking outpatient treatment for newly-developed ED over a two-year period. Of those men, 26 percent were found to be under 40.
The younger men were also more likely to have a problem with premature ejaculation compared to men over 40.
While the younger men were more likely to use drugs or smoke cigarettes, overall they weighed less and displayed fewer medical issues.
Researchers want to explore the combined factors of psychological issues such as anxiety alongside decreased cardiovascular health.
“When younger patients have presented with erectile dysfunction, we have in the past had a bias that their ED was primarily psychologic-based and vascular testing was not needed,” Goldstein explained. “We now need to consider regularly assessing the integrity of arterial inflow in young patients.”