Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the inability to get and keep an erection sufficient for sexual intercourse. Men with ED have inadequate blood flow to the penis, which can be caused physical or psychological problems.
Here are the most common symptoms of erectile dysfunction:
- Difficulty getting an erection
- Difficulty maintaining an erection
- Decreased interest in sexual activity
- Low self-esteem.
When these symptoms are present, the doctor can diagnose the patient with erectile dysfunction.
How Common Is Erectile Dysfunction?
According to the International Journal of Impotence Research, the worldwide prevalence of erectile dysfunction is expected to reach 322 million men by 2025. Erectile dysfunction affects approximately 100 million men in India. It is estimated that 1 in 10 men will have erectile dysfunction in India. According to Current Medical Research and Opinion, Spain has the lowest rate of self-reported erectile dysfunction.
Statistics of Erectile Dysfunction by Age
Erectile dysfunction affects about 10% of men every decade of life among them, 50% of 50-year-old men are affected by erectile dysfunction. Men over 40 are three times more likely to experience complete erectile dysfunction than younger men. Erectile dysfunction is less common but increasing in young men. A recent study conducted by the Boston University School of Medicine found that erectile dysfunction is common in 26% of men under the age of 40.