Can men under 30 have erectile dysfunction?

Dr. Michael Roizen, MD
Internal Medicine

Erectile dysfunction (ED) can happen to you men, too. Fewer than 2% of men between the ages of 20 and 29 have complete ED, which means they cannot achieve an erection at any time. While the most common cause of ED in older men is cardiovascular disease, there are other causes as well. Any medical condition that causes injury to the nerves, or impairs blood flow to the penis can cause ED. A physical injury can cause ED. So can drug or alcohol abuse, anxiety, or depression. But talk to your doc as ED can be treated at any age.


Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
A 20-something with ED? Before you snicker and dismiss it out of hand, know that it can happen. Guys under 30 can have erectile dysfunction (ED), problems getting and maintaining an erection during sex. Problems down under in men under 30 are usually caused not by clogged pipes or diabetes, as in older males, but because of injury or other temporary damage to the penis. The key thing is not to panic. Erectile dysfunction is very treatable, and, with a doctor's help, you should return to your old self in no time.

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