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Erectile Dysfunction Statistics

Erectile dysfunction is a condition in which men find it quite challenging to get or maintain an erection that is firm enough to engage in sexual intercourse. In some instances, having erectile dysfunction could be due to an underlying medical problem like high blood pressure or obesity. Psychological problems can also cause ED. However, despite erectile dysfunction being relatively common, its exact prevalence has not been determined yet. Current studies have produced a wide range of results, and it is hard to come up with something conclusive. Below, we look at some of the erectile dysfunction statistics to help give a clear understanding of the condition;

Prevalence

According to the University of Wisconsin, approximately 50% of men in their 50s and 60% in their 60s experience mild erectile dysfunction. Also, a 2013 study published in The Journal of Sexual Medicine revealed that ED is getting more common among younger men than ever before. ED affects 26% of adult men under 40 years. Approximately half of the young men were found to have severe ED, while only 40% of the older ones with ED had a severe one. 

However, approximately 5% of men below the age of 40 exhibits complete erectile dysfunction. The number then increases to 15% of men aged 70 years. Though erectile dysfunction can occur at any age, it is more common among older men. As men get older, they are more likely to experience health conditions that require medication. Some of the prescriptions interfere with erectile function. Also, with age, men need more stimulation to get an erection.

A growing concern

Erectile dysfunction is becoming an increasing issue and there is an urgent need for further research to help conclusively deal with the condition. For instance, the United States spent $330 million in 2000 on erectile dysfunction as opposed to $185 million that was used in 1994. This increase cannot be taken lightly and is a result of several factors. One of them is age since the US population is getting older by the day. Likewise, obesity, which has been identified as a risk factor to the condition, is also on the rise.

Causes

Several factors can cause erectile dysfunction.  Some could be psychological and others physical. Some of the psychological causes of ED include poor communication with the partner, stress, anxiety, depression, fatigue, drug abuse, alcoholism, and smoking. The physical causes include spinal cord injury, heart and kidney diseases, neurological diseases, diabetes, obesity, injury to the penis, hypertension, hormonal disorders and certain medications among others. Treating these causes of ED can help solve the problem. Men experiencing erectile dysfunction should never ignore it as it could be a sign of other health problems.

Men should seek the help of a doctor if they experience erectile dysfunction. Addressing the condition directly with your doctor can be a big boost to improving your sex life as well as dealing with any other issues. Remember, you are not the only experiencing ED, many men out there are going through the same, and what you have may be treatable.

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