The rise of the under 40s flop:  Erection issues are no longer an older man’s problem

One in five men between the ages of 18-40 report difficulty in gaining and maintaining an erection. This is 5 times higher than the same age group just under 20 years ago. So why are younger men these days struggling to get it up (and keep it there)?

Problems with gaining and maintaining an erection have long been considered an older man’s problem, with historical numbers showing men over the age of 40 with much higher instances of erection difficulties (for further information on erectile dysfunction in the over 40s population, click here). Since the late 2000s however, the reporting rate of erectile dysfunction amongst men under 40 has rapidly taken over their post 40 counterparts. In fact, the highest instances of reported erectile dysfunction now come from our 16-21 year old group, with 50% of young men in this age group complaining of difficulty in gaining or maintaining an erection.

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Whilst some of the younger statistics may come down to young men having not yet mastered control of their own package (think in-class erections and frequent wet dreams), those aged 18 to 40 are reporting ongoing concerns at a rate of 1 in 5. This is vastly different to figures in the late 1990s, where only 1 in 20 men under the age of 40 reported difficulties with either gaining or maintaining an erection.

But why?

There are so many possible causes for erectile dysfunction, and even more methods of treating it. To put it simply, there have historically been two types of erectile dysfunction; those with hormonal, biological or medical causes; and those that are situational and relate to stress, anxiety (including performance anxiety) and depression. With growing rates of anxiety and depression amongst men in recent years, it’s no huge surprise that we are seeing a slight increase in erectile dysfunction within the younger demographic. But there may be more to it than that…

What researchers have more recently found, is a third wave of erection difficulties which correlates to our younger population; pornography induced erectile dysfunction. Now before you click away from this article, hear me out, because I promise I’m not going to preach to you that you shouldn’t be watching porn. Absolutely not. I’m all for porn. But unfortunately research shows that excessive or ongoing hardcore pornography use may impact many people’s ability to become adequately stimulated through ‘regular’ sex alone (this statistic is not exclusive to the male population, however given we are talking about erections I will try to stay focused).

Think about your porn favourites, your ‘go-to’s’ for a night in. I’m thinking ‘threesome’s, ‘MILF’, ‘anal’ and ‘lesbian’, but of course it’s each to their own. I don’t know about you, but my ACTUAL sex life is definitely not as crazy as the videos that come up from those searches. And here lies the problem. If we’re using these screaming orgasm videos to get hard, then your in-the-dark-before-bed-quickie-with-no-noise-allowed-so-you-don’t-wake-your-housemates/in-laws/children sesh hardly compares.

The good news is that most erection difficulties are very treatable. My free advice for those who can relate to the information about pornography use (maybe more than they would like to admit), cut back on the gang-bangs and screaming orgasms for a few weeks and see how your erection returns when you’re getting frisky with your partner.

If you are the 1 in 5 who may have trouble gaining or maintaining an erection, and it is causing you concern, it is very likely that a professional can determine the likely cause following an initial appointment. Following this and depending on the specific factors involved, a treatment plan is often straightforward with successful results, sooner rather than later.

If you would like to discuss your erection concerns with a professional so you can move yourself into the 4 out of 5 category, click here to make a telephone or face to face appointment.

As an FYI, Pornhub actually analyses data from their websites activity and collates it into a report each year. The results may shock you; click here to find out what other people are watching.