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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.




If you are a young man over the age of 18 with ED or PD, don't be alarmed.

MansMatters offer a number of treatments that can help you overcome this.




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Sexual Health Problems & Age

Whilst PD affects 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 affects the vascular system like Type 1 Diabetes.

We have treated boys as young as 18 with Peyronie's Disease.

Men's sexual health problems are devastating 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.

If you are a young male suffering from these conditions then help within the NHS is limited - but private clinics such as ours offer a range of ground-breaking treatments.



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Erectile Dysfunction & Teenagers

Sexual conditions like ED and PD can create a tremendous amount of mental stress in teenagers. Boys within this age range struggle to express these kinds of issues to anyone, even to their closest of friends or parents, due to extreme shame, anxiety, and fear.

Family support is important for men dealing with sexual disorders and it is equally important that teenagers in these situations discuss their problems with their parents or even grandparents. Not only are many teenagers unable to deal with these issues alone, additionally they are also often unable to finance private treatment and need this support from their family. Unfortunately, many teenagers miss out on these solutions just because of the psychological barriers which restricts their ability to seek help.

A number of factors 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).

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Contributory factors 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.






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Porn Induced Erectile Dysfunction in Teenagers

Too much exposure to pornographic materials can be a contributory factor in Erectile Dysfunction developing in male teenagers.

Excessive porn viewing can create a false idea about how natural sex takes place. The sexual activity displayed in pornography is not normal and often it represents an exaggerated image of what sex is all about. By watching porn frequently from an early age, which is easy to do nowadays, teenagers often grow accustomed to unrealistic sexual expectations.

When they possibly go on to develop a normal relationship and experience real sexual intercourse, then they might not get sexually excited enough due to the sheer contrast between the real-life sex and pornography. This can result in reduced sexual excitement and a greater need for stimulus, which in turn can reduce their ability to obtain strong and sustained erections, causing problems for both them and their partner. Even more serious is the fact that some teenagers completely shun or avoid relationships and substitute them for a diet of pornography.

Pornography can also create a dissatisfaction in teenagers regarding their physical appearance. This may result in an inferiority complex in teenagers – Today, 20% of teenagers suffer depression at some point in their early lives.

A concerning issue is that viewing pornographic materials has become extremely easy and common in teenagers. Internet access has become so open for everyone that anybody can visit any type of website instantly.

According to a recent research report titled “Teens and Pornography” from Common Sense Media, approximately 73% of teens ranging from age 13-17 have watched porn online. Along with reducing porn views, teenagers should also seek professional help to treat their ED. 

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 (in layman terms, the blood that circulates in your body and rushes into your penis), then the gold standard treatment is focused shockwave therapy.

It is a non-invasive type of treatment which utilises the shockwaves to increase the flow of the blood within the penile tissues and to promote the growth of new blood vessels. Our shockwave therapy is highly effective in treating Erectile Dysfunction in men of all ages, including younger males.

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Peyronie's Disease & Teenagers

Peyronie's disease is indiscriminate and can affect men of all ages. We have treated boys as young as 18 and men in their nineties.

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

Because of this lack of communication, many young men feel extremely helpless. In this situation psychological support can do wonders for them. With proper psychological backup, they at least can obtain enough mental strength to seek professional help.

PD in teenagers can often be tracked back to an injury, such 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.

However, it's important to understand that a slightly bent or a curved penis is not a major issue as long as it doesn't restrict sex or cause pain.  But, if penile curvature does cause extreme pain and affects the ability to have partnered intercourse, then it needs treatment.

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 trial 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.

Erectile Dysfunction and Peyronie's Disease are interlinked. In many cases, patients experience ED as a result of PD. This is because the fibrous plaque inhibits blood flow within the penis. 

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We urge any teenager reading this page to share their condition with their parents and GP.
Please note, we are unable to treat men under the age of 18.





ED & PD in Teenagers FAQ's

Is Erectile Dysfunction Common in Teenagers?

Erectile Dysfunction is commonly associated with older men. But in recent times the number of Erectile Dysfunction patients among teenagers has increased. Also, it is suspected that the actual number of ED patients among teenage boys is higher than the data suggests, as many teenagers don’t report this issue to a medical expert.

Is Peyronie’s Disease Common in Teenagers?

Peyronie’s Disease can occur in men at any age. It is not an issue that develops when men hit certain ages, but it is more common in older men as their erections become less firm and they become more prone to injury. In teenagers it can occur because of a sports injury to the groin or excessive masturbation.

How Do ED And PD Affect Teenagers?

Both ED and PD can have a profoundly negative effect on the general lives of teens. Psychological anxiety and depression are common side effects. This mental trauma can restrict them from having a satisfactory sexual relationship with a partner and withdrawing from developing sexual relationships.

How Can Teenagers Tackle ED And PD?

Teenagers cannot tackle these conditions by themselves and there is limited help in the NHS. GPs have to deal with 1000’s of different conditions and most will only prescribe a penile pump, Viagra, or injections. That is why open discussion with parents, older siblings or grandparents can help. Then specialist medical support should be sought, with clinics that are experts in these areas. With proper treatments many teenagers can hope to regain their healthy sexual function again.

Can Teens Expect to Get Fully Cured from Erectile Dysfunction and Peyronie’s Disease?

Like all medical conditions, an individual’s body will react differently to treatment and there are no 100% guarantees of success. Only a comprehensive consultant will be able to assess your condition correctly and provide an honest expectation of the treatment.

How Important Is the Psychological Support for Teenagers Who Are Suffering from ED Or PD?

Psychological support is very important for teenagers who are experiencing ED or PD as these conditions can have many emotional and mental consequences. The best psychological support starts in the home. In some instances, Peyronie’s Disease has been found to run in the family and on several occasions, we have had grandfathers or parents who have stepped in and provided emotional and financial support.

Are Peyronie’s Disease and Erectile Dysfunction Connected?

With Peyronie’s Disease a fibrous plaque develops within the penis. These plaques restrict the free flow of blood into the penis. Lack of adequate blood supply within the penis can eventually lead to the development of ED.

Does Focused Shockwave Therapy Really Work In Treating Erectile Dysfunction In Teenagers?

Shockwave therapy is one of the best non-invasive treatments for the treatment of ED in teenagers. The shockwaves increase the blood flow within the penis and develop new blood vessels.

Can Shockwave Therapy Help Treat PD in Teenagers?

Shockwave therapy is one of the technologies used to treat teenagers and works to reduce the fibrous plaques within the penis which causes it to bend or curve. We have treated men suffering from PD as young as 18, with the help of focused extracorporeal shockwave therapy combined with other technologies.

Do You Only Provide Shockwave Therapy to Teenagers With ED or PD?

Mansmatters provides a range of non-invasive treatment procedures for teens with sexual issues including both ED and PD. Our most important non-invasive treatments consist of shockwave therapy, EMTT therapy, Tesla Chair and NanoVi Exo.




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