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Erectile Dysfunction: The Numbers

Erectile dysfunction, the inability to produce or sustain an erection to perform sexual activities is a global issue. Erectile dysfunction can be a result of physical or psychological factors.

The picture of the severity of the condition can best be drawn by erectile dysfunction statistics. Some of them are astounding while some seem unbelievable. Centers like Lazare Urology are doing much to help alleviate the condition.

Erectile Dysfunction Statistics

Prevalence Rates

Erectile Dysfunction numbers

Starting with the most basic of statistics, it is estimated that 1 in 10 men (18 and over) suffer from erectile dysfunction all over the world. Recent studies have shown that erectile dysfunction affects about 10% of men between the ages of 40 and 70. Moreover, 25% of men in the same age group have mild erectile dysfunction or intermittent difficulties with erections.

The rate of erectile dysfunction is highly dependent on age as the numbers show. Mild to severe erectile dysfunction rises from 22% of men at age 40 to 50% at the age of 70. The group of men aged over 65 is the major contributor to the growth of the erectile dysfunction industry. According to the American National Institute of Health, about 30 million men over the age of 75 suffer from erectile dysfunction.

To further add to the point above erectile dysfunction also affects 5% to 10% of men that are less than 40 years old, so the condition also affects young men.

Geographical Statistics

When the rates of erectile dysfunction were categorized by geographical location, the numbers also paint a very interesting picture. In Europe, the erectile dysfunction statistics show a prevalence rate of 10% to 76.5%, in Asia, the prevalence rate is 8% to 71.2%, in Oceania, the rate stands at 40% to 61%, in Africa, the rate is 24% to 58.9%, in North America, the prevalence rate is between 21% and 58% while in South America it stands at 14% to 55.2%

The disparity is the prevalence rates between geographical regions were dependent on factors such as environmental, genetic, and lifestyle factors. The most significant individual factors included:

  • age
  • weight issues
  • diabetes
  • mental health issues
  • alcohol consumption
  • smoking prevalence.

Medical Statistics

Certain medications used to treat an array of conditions can also lead to erectile dysfunction. Medical induced impotence has been estimated to affect about 25% of patients. 4% – 40% of hypertension patients have suffered from erectile dysfunction as a result of taking their medicine.

Renal failure is also a medical condition with a significant factor in erectile dysfunction statistics. About 40% of men with chronic renal failure have erectile dysfunction.

Chronic liver failure patients are also severely affected. Over 50% of chronic failure patients suffer from ED.


Erectile dysfunction is a growing global issue and the numbers about the amount of money being spent on erectile dysfunction are almost unbelievable. In 1994, the annual expenditure on erectile dysfunction in the United States alone was $185 million. By the year 2000, that number had ballooned to $330 million. 

 The market is expected to grow larger in the future with an expected growth rate (CAGR) of 0.2%. The above number also means that the market for erectile dysfunction will be valued at about $4.3 billion by 2026. Contact us at (718) 568-7143.

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