Urology Times asks: "What is driving younger men to seek treatment for ED?" Jason Hedges, MD, PhD (2016)

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Jason Hedges, MD, PhD

Excerpt: I have had some younger patients who presented who had become obsessed with pornography and they found it difficult to keep and maintain an erection in an actual physical  relationship. I think it has a bit to do with arousal speed. With excessive exposure to pornography, it changes their level of arousal and in their own personal relationship, they may not be  getting that type or level of arousal. I haven’t seen tons but I’ve definitely seen it within the last year.

Dr. Hedges:

I would say were probably seeing a slight increase in younger men here in Oregon. My gut tells me it has a little bit to do with the prevalence of the discussion of testosterone. There are a lot more of these universal men’s clinics that are not really run by physicians. Men come in saying their erections aren’t working as well as [before] and they want their testosterone checked.

I have had some younger patients who presented who had become obsessed with pornography and they found it difficult to keep and maintain an erection in an actual physical relationship. I think it has a bit to do with arousal speed. With excessive exposure to pornography, it changes their level of arousal and in their own personal relationship, they may not be getting that type or level of arousal. I haven’t seen tons but I’ve definitely seen it within the last year.

I don’t think their testosterone is actually low, but they feel it should be higher because they’re experiencing symptoms which sometimes are attributed to low testosterone but can also be attributed to life stresses, such as jobs or relationships.”

Jason Hedges, MD, PhD

Portland, OR

November 01, 2016

By Karen Nash