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Thursday, January 14, 2021

Erectile Dysfunction Is Linked With Relationship Status & Mental Health

By Johnathan P Cumberwell

Young men who are married or in relationships have significantly less erectile dysfunction than single men.

And young men with poor mental health have substantially more ED than men with good mental health.

These were the findings in a research study just published in the Journal of Urology. 😳

The study analyzed 2,660 sexually active American men aged 18 to 31.

More specifically, the study found that:

Compared with single men, young who were married/partnered had 65% lower odds of having ED.

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And men who took antidepressants were 3x more likely to have moderate-to-severe ED, than men that did not take antidepressants.

Anxiety and use of tranquilizers were also linked to increased odds of having moderate-to-severe ED.

I will discuss these findings in a little, but here are a few more interesting facts about the men in this survey:

  • 20.3% were overweight/obese
  • 1.1% had diabetes
  • 6.3% had hypertension
  • 7.7% had hypercholesterolemia
  • 11.1% had depression
  • 8.4% had anxiety
  • 11.3% of the 2,660 patients had mild ED and 2.9% had severe ED

Btw, this is probably a fairly random and representative sample of American young men. A rather dire health status, no..? 😳

20% of 18-31 year-olds are already obese?

11% already struggling with depression?

And 15% struggling with erectile dysfunction at this early age?

With overall health in such a poor state, there is no wonder that a large % of these men also suffer from ED.

What are my takeaways from this research study?

First of all that the overall health status of American men is not great. And it is probably fair to assume that the same is not only true for American men, but probably for men worldwide: Our overall health is declining.

Why do men in relationships have less ED than single men?

There is probably more than one reason.

One reason may be linked to emotional / mental health. We need people in our lives to feel happy and appreciated, and when we lack people, we may struggle more emotionally / mentally.

Another reason (also linked to mental health), may be that many men are simply not ‘fit’ to be in a relationship because of their mental state or overall situation. It is likely that ED is already more prevalent in this group.

Use of porn and masturbation is probably also more common among single men. This in turn, is often a prominent cause of erectile dysfunction.

And why do men with mental problems struggle more with ED?

Mental problems often fill the mind with negative thoughts, and make it more difficult to appreciate and enjoy activities like sex. Simply put, when the mind is not in the right place, our bodies are generally not ready nor receptive to sex.


If 15% of this group suffer from ED, what does that indicate about ED in 40 and 50 year-olds and beyond..?

To read the full article, please go here.