What is happening to males?
If we compare recent research to earlier studies, young men today are experiencing anywhere from a 600% to 3000% increase in ED since the advent of the internet. All studies assessing young male sexuality since 2012 report a tremendous rise in erectile dysfunction and low libido.
Erectile dysfunction rates ranged from 27 to 33%, while rates for low libido (hypo-sexuality) ranged from 24% to 37%. The lower ranges are taken from studies involving men 25 and under, while the higher ranges are from studies involving men 40 and under.
A 2014 cross-sectional study of active duty, relatively healthy, male military personnel aged 21-40 found a remarkable overall ED rate of 33.2%. Employing the five-item International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5), the authors reported that ED incidence was three times higher than in comparable civilian males, and 10% higher than in civilian men over 40.
However, recent civilian rates have also jumped. For example, using the IIEF-5, a 2012 cross-sectional study of Swiss men aged 18-24 found ED rates of 30%.
Even more telling is that a 2013 Italian study reported one in four patients seeking help for new onset ED were younger than 40. Astonishingly, the rate of severe ED was nearly 10% higher in younger men than in men over 40.
A 2014 study on Canadian adolescents reported that 53.5% of males aged 16-21 have symptoms indicative of a sexual problem. Erectile dysfunction was the most common (27%), followed by low sexual desire (24%), and problems with orgasm (11%). The authors were baffled why rates were so high, and were surprised that sexual dysfunction rates for males surpassed females, unlike in earlier published literature.
In a military study published in 2015, more than a third of men under 40 had ED