Mens Health Myths: Erectile Dysfunction is an elderly condition and uncommon in younger men.

Myth Erectile dysfunction (ED) is far more common than most people know. Approximately, 30% of men in their 30’s, 40% of men in their 40’s, 50% of men in their 50’s (and so on) experience some degree of erectile dysfunction. In fact, in one study, an “exploratory analysis showed that one in four patients seeking first medical help for new onset ED was younger than 40 years. Almost half of the young men suffered from severe ED, with comparable rates in older patients.” (J Sex Med 2013;10:1833–1841) We acknowledge that the process of aging occurs before turning thirty in everything from the rate of metabolism to hair loss, but stubbornly hold tight to the myth that the penis is excluded from the process.