Study finds erectile dysfunction epidemic sweeping UK with half of men in 30s affected (2018)


One in two men in their 30s struggle getting and maintaining an erection

By Danielle Hoe, 2 JUN 2018

According to studies an erectile dysfunction epidemic is sweeping the country.

Worryingly, half of men in their 30s are reportedly affected by the problems sweeping British bedrooms.

Studies show that one in two men in their 30s struggle getting – and maintaining – an erection.

But why is this happening? Well, four in ten men are blaming stress.

Other reasons given include tiredness (36 per cent) anxiety (29 per cent) and boozing too heavily (26 per cent).

Studies show that one in two men in their 30s struggle getting – and maintaining – an erection.

Researchers polled 2,000 men for Co-op pharmacy and found the largest affected age group of men with erectile dysfunction is those in their thirties, with half reporting difficulties getting or maintaining an erection.

This compares to 42 per cent of men in their 40s, 41 per cent in their 5os and 35 per cent of under 30s.

The Mirror reported that a third of men aged 18-60 who were surveyed say that they have not told anyone about their erectile dysfunction.

Only 28 per cent have gone to their GP and just nine per cent have discussed it with another man in the family.

Worryingly 43 per cent of those affected by impotence say they could not discuss the issue with friends and 23 per cent would feel uncomfortable discussing it with a GP.

An incredible 27% of men say they would rather break up with their partner than talk to their GP about being unable to get an erection.

Of those affected in their 30s one in five said they had bought Viagra from a source other than their GP.

Viagra can be bought in pharmacies across the UK (Image: Getty)

Following the announcement that Viagra can now be purchased over the counter 41% of men say they are more likely to try it and over a fifth already plan to buy it.

It is said that erectile problems affect up to one in five men, the equivalent of 4.3 million men across the UK yet almost half of those surveyed (45%) who have experienced such problems have not sought help.

£17 million worth of unlicensed or counterfeit Viagra was seized in 2016, suggesting people are too embarrassed to seek help from their GP In November, the Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency announced it was reclassifying Viagra so it could be sold over the counter as a P medicine called Viagra Connect.

Over one in ten (13%) questioned said that they would give up having sex altogether as they would be too embarrassed to seek help.

A fifth (19%) would try to treat themselves without telling anyone.

Although this issue is so important that nearly 17% of men would prefer their favourite football team to be relegated and 15% would choose to give up alcohol for life rather than experience long term erectile problems, over two in five (42%) are still not aware that this is now available over the counter.