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Q: Is it normal for a young man to experience erectile dysfunction?

Erectile dysfunction, or ED, is more common in young men than previously thought. A 2013 study found that 26 percent of adult men under age 40 had been affected by ED. Fortunately, most cases can be treated, usually by addressing the underlying cause.

There can be many possible causes of erectile dysfunction in younger men, including low testosterone levels. In some cases, ED can be an early warning sign of other health issues, like hypertension, heart problems, and diabetes, which is one reason it’s always a good idea to bring it up with your doctor. Anxiety and depression can cause ED, as can relationship issues or stress, so working with a mental health professional may help.

Finally, it’s worth noting that alcohol and drug abuse are common causes of erectile dysfunction in young men, so getting treatment for addiction may be an important step in addressing the problem.

Whatever the cause of erectile dysfunction, remember that you’re not alone. Don’t be embarrassed to talk with your doctor about it because treatment is usually possible.

Travis W. Glenn, MD

Family Medicine

Glenn Family Medicine, LLC
85 Maui Lani Parkway
Wailuku, , HI 96793