• linkedin
  • Increase Font
  • Sharebar

    What is driving younger men to seek treatment for ED?

    Urology Times reached out to three urologists (selected randomly) and asked them each the following question: What is driving younger men to seek treatment for ED?

    Koushik Shaw, MDDr. Shaw

    “I think we’re seeing more younger men coming in with erectile dysfunction, because there’s just a lot more publicity about the issue. The low-T centers are driving this through awareness; low-T centers are advertising a lot. People want to be younger, want to act younger, so you see a lot of patients with increased ED because low T seems to kind of dovetail with erectile dysfunction.

    Read: Are you seeing more advanced prostate Ca in your practice?

    Before, people used to just live with it, but because of all the commercials out there, now it’s OK to talk about it. There are treatments for it. Their friends are taking medications for it. Now, on the horizon we have generically available ED medication, so I think that’s going to open the doors wide.

    We also are seeing obesity rates increase as an organic component, so that could be considered a legitimate contributing factor. Rising diabetes rates parallel these organic disorders and you’re watching ED rates rise because the penis is a vascular organ—anything that affects blood flow can affect that.

    Pornography could be a factor, but I couldn’t really say because my patients don’t tell me about that. I would think that addiction to online pornography could have more of an impact on premature ejaculation due to habitual masturbation. There are also increased rates of stress and we see that put pressure on relationships—guys who were exhausted and wiped out.”

    Koushik Shaw, MD

    Austin, TX

    Next: "I personally see young guys who use anabolic steroids who have significant problems both with fertility and ED."

    Karen Nash
    Karen Nash is a medical reporter and media consultant based in Monroeville, PA.


    You must be signed in to leave a comment. Registering is fast and free!

    All comments must follow the ModernMedicine Network community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated. ModernMedicine reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part,in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

    • No comments available