Erectile Dysfunction

At What Age Does Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Start?

Key Takeaways

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is a silent epidemic facing tens of millions of men - and that’s just in North America. And yet, many people are afraid to bring this topic up, so that they can get the help they need.

Almost 50% of men will actually experience ED in some form throughout the course of their life. Think about that. Literally, almost half of all men. That’s not a small statistic.

Felix is committed to helping people fight ED in a supportive, judgment-free environment, where men don’t have to deal with stigmas or embarrassment.

A lot of men have erectile dysfunction (we’ll get to that later), so it’s important to know that if you’re experiencing symptoms of ED, you’re absolutely not alone or abnormal. So, to help put your mind at ease about this condition, we’ve gathered some useful information for you.

Is There an Average Age for Erectile Dysfunction?

Starting to experience signs of erectile dysfunction at age 40 is most common, but the truth is, you can start to experience erectile dysfunction at any age.

If you’ve started to experience symptoms of ED, and you’d like to talk about treatment options, be sure to complete an assessment with a healthcare practitioner at Felix.

They’ll be able to give you all the additional guidance you need to get started, and they can prescribe ED medications that you may need to start treating your condition.

At What Age Does Erectile Dysfunction Start?

You might be wondering, “at what age is erectile dysfunction most common?” Unfortunately, there really is no specific age that erectile dysfunction (ED) will start to appear. As we mentioned, it most commonly starts in the 40s, but it can happen at any age. There is no ‘average’ age for ED symptoms to start.

There are a lot of factors that can cause erectile dysfunction, and some of them aren’t even physical conditions, they’re mental health issues.

Because of this, it’s possible for anyone to experience ED. If you’re worried that you’re starting to experience symptoms of ED, don’t hesitate to talk to your healthcare practitioner at Felix.

They’ll be able to give you any additional guidance you need to start treating erectile dysfunction symptoms, so you can get back to enjoying your sex life.

How Many Men in Their 20s & 30s Have Erectile Dysfunction?

At this time, there are no studies widely available that specifically deal with erectile dysfunction in your 20’s or 30s, but Felix will be sure to update our resources once more information becomes available for these demographics.

Due to the fact that we know the risk of erectile dysfunction increases with age, it’s most likely that we’ll see a smaller percentage of men in their 20s and 30s with erectile dysfunction, than those in higher age brackets.

With that said, as we’ve mentioned, erectile dysfunction can happen at any age, so if you’re starting to experience ED symptoms in these age ranges, it’s not abnormal.

What Can Cause Erectile Dysfunction in Your 20s & 30s?

Erectile Dysfunction (ED) in your 20s or 30s may not be caused by the same type of causes of erectile dysfunction in your 40's, 50’s, etc.

For erectile dysfunction in your 20s or 30s, the causes are more likely to be psychological or psychosomatic, rather than strictly physiological.

However, due to the fact that the risk of physical causes increases with age, it’s likely that these symptoms could be worsened as you get older, by mental health components that aren’t being addressed.

What Factors Influence Erectile Dysfunction Other Than Age?

There are a number of other factors, other than experiencing erectile dysfunction with age, which can include:

  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Diabetes
  • High blood pressure (hypertension)
  • Obesity 
  • Hypogonadism (decreased functional activity of the gonads)
  • Smoking
  • Depression 
  • Certain medications 

If you believe you could have one of the factors that could cause ED and have either started to experience symptoms, or you’re worried about them starting, talk to your healthcare practitioner at Felix.

They'll be able to offer any additional guidance you need to give you the peace of mind to continue enjoying your sex life, without worrying about erectile dysfunction.

Treating Erectile Dysfunction at Any Age

The truth is that for most people, there are erectile dysfunction (ED) medication-based treatments available to them, unless they’re under the age of 18. However, there are a variety of lifestyle interventions, such as therapy, that are available at any age.

Otherwise, if you’re experiencing symptoms of ED, you should take the time to complete an assessment at Felix. There’s no reason you need to continue dealing with the condition alone in silence.

There are lots of treatment options available, and with Felix, you’ll never have to worry about being judged by the practitioner treating you. We’re here to support our patients, so they can gain back the confidence that these types of conditions often reduce.

You’re not abnormal. You’re not alone. And you’re just a single assessment away from taking back control of your health, so you can get back to enjoying your sex life on your terms.

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