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Erectile dysfunction is more common in older men



There are a number of reasons for this asociation:

  • In many casess the cause is more usually lack of adequate penile blood supply as a result of damage to inner walls of blood vessels. This damage is more frequent in older men, and often associated with disease, in particular diabetes.
  • Physical disorders associated with
  • Hormonal activity changes due to age.
  • Older men are more likely to be prescribed the drugs that are associated with increased erectile difficulties, particularly hypertensives and diabetic medication.


  • Munoz, M., Bancroft, J., & Beard, M. (1994). Evaluating the effects of an alpha-2 adrenoceptor antagonist on erectile function in the human male: II. The erectile response to erotic stimuli in men with erectile dysfunction, in relation to age and in comparison with normal volunteers. Psychopharmacology, 115(4), pp.
  • Rosen, R. C. (2003). Erectile dysfunction in middle-aged and older men. In Handbook of clinical sexuality for mental health professionals (pp. 237-256). New York, NY: Brunner-Routledge.
  • Solnick, R. L., & Birren, J. E. (1977). Age and male erectile responsiveness. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 6(1), pp.
  • Varrin, S., & Heaton, J. P. (1992). Age-related changes in apomorphine-induced erections. Neurobiology of Aging, 13(1), pp.
  • Zhao, W., Sato, Y., Melman, A., Andersson, K.-E., & Christ, G. (2009). Metrics for evaluation of age-related changes in erectile capacity in a rodent model. Journal of Sexual Medicine, 6(7), pp.
  • Zeiss, A. M., Davies, H. D., Wood, M., & Tinklenberg, J. R. (1990). The incidence and correlates of erectile problems in patients with Alzheimer's disease. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 19(4), pp.

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