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ED & PD In Teenagers.

ED & PD in Teenagers

When Erectile Dysfunction (ED) and to a lesser extent Peyronie’s Disease (PD) is discussed in the press it invariably focuses on middle age to older men. Whilst men of this age group do have a higher propensity to suffer from ED, increasingly this is becoming a problem for younger men and more so for PD (a bent or deformed penis). In one survey over 8% of males aged between 20 and 29 reported erectile problems and this is backed up by our clinical experience. This rises progressively to over 50% over the age of 40.

Whilst PD effects 10% of men, age is more indiscriminatory as it can be caused by an injury, such as being hit by a cricket ball, genetics, or an autoimmune disease, which effects the vascular system like Type 1 Diabetes. We have treated boys as young as 16 with Peyronie’s Disease.

Men’s sexual health problems are devasting at any age, but more so for young males who may never have had a long-term relationship with a partner and are more self-conscious and much less likely to seek medical help.

Erectile Dysfunction & Teenagers

A number of facts can lead to Erectile Dysfunction occurring at a young age and these can be both vascular (your blood stream which pumps blood into your penis) and mental (the brain communicating with your penis that it is time to have an erection).

Contributory facts include:

  • Increased stress, anxiety, and depression.
  • Higher expectations of sex through overuse of pornography.
  • Excessive smoking or alcohol intake.
  • Autoimmune diseases like Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Illegal drug use.
  • Lifestyle – obesity, diet, and lack of physical exercise.

As a first step young males should adjust their lifestyle and seek help. Pills like Viagra and sexual counselling may help on an interim basis, but if their problem is of a vascular nature, then the gold standard treatment is focused shockwave therapy.

Peyronie’s Disease & Teenagers

Peyronie’s disease is indiscriminate and can affect men of all ages. We have treated boys as young as 16 and men in their nineties.

Teenagers or young men with PD can have serious psychological problems as a result of the condition. PD is devasting at any age, but for teenagers and young men it can be overwhelming. Boys can become very withdrawn and find it impossible to share with their parents, their GP, or a partner.

PD in teenagers can often be tracked back to an injury, such a as a brutal tackle on the rugby field or a time when they hurdled a gate. Very few men have gone from boys to grown men without feeling excruciating pain in their privates at some time, often to the delight of their fellow men. But only some men go on to develop PD. 

There is limited research in the area of PD in teenagers. One particular study included 32 teenagers between the ages of 15 and 19 and compared this with men aged 40 plus. This was conducted over a 10-year period.

The study found that 22% of the teenagers with PD experienced painful erections and 37% subsequently developed ED.

With PD a benign fibrous plaque develops that stops the penis expanding on one side. The most common shape is an upwards banana shape. In middle aged to older men, there is only one plaque, whereas with teenagers there is a 700% likelihood of multi plaques. The study also highlighted the severe psychological effects with 94% of all the teenagers on the trail reporting high levels of stress. Over a third had already sought medical help and 28% reported problems with a sexual partner. Teenagers also on average had a higher HbA1c level than older men, which is a measurement of glucose in the blood

Extracorporeal Focused shockwave therapy and Extracorporeal Magneto Transduction Therapy is the only non-surgical longer-term treatment for teenagers and young men who do not want to have invasive surgery.

We urge any teenager reading this page to share their condition with their parents and GP.