Two in three men aged 18-34 experience erectile dysfunction

43% of people said they felt too embarrassed to buy treatment over the counter, Ifti Khan, Pharmacy Superintendent of Well Pharmacy says, “erectile dysfunction treatment needn’t be embarrassing”.

Two in three men aged 18-34 experience erectile dysfunction

New research* published today reveals that more than TWO THIRDS of young men in the UK have experienced erectile dysfunction during sex.

The research by Well Pharmacy, the UK’s largest independent pharmacy chain, revealed that more than two in three (68%) of men aged 18-34 reported experiencing erectile dysfunction during sex, compared to 50% of over 65s.

The study further revealed that almost a quarter (24%) of men have concerns that erectile dysfunction will affect their chances of fathering a child, and this almost doubles to 53% for the younger age group.

Additionally, 43% of people said they felt too embarrassed to buy treatment over the counter, Ifti Khan, Pharmacy Superintendent of Well Pharmacy says, “erectile dysfunction treatment needn’t be embarrassing”.

Ifti Khan, added, "Erectile dysfunction (ED) is right at the top of the list of things that men are least likely to openly discuss, along with mental ill health. In most cases ED is nothing to worry about and anxiety is one of the leading causes for ED. Your first port of call should always be to speak to your local Pharmacist or GP to reassure you that it isn’t a symptom of a bigger health concern.”

“ED rarely has any connection to the ability to father a child, but if you are having prolonged problems, then I definitely recommend that you speak to your pharmacist or GP.”

Research showed that 70% of men are opting to buy treatment online. Well Pharmacy offers a free, discreet online consultations with one of our pharmacists for treatments readily available for erectile dysfunction.

Ifti Khan went on to say: “I would strongly encourage men to seek the treatment they need, and for those who struggle to talk face-to-face about their condition, everything can now be done quickly and safely online at well.co.uk, with any treatment delivered discreetly to their front door.”

For more information about Well’s free, discreet online ED service visit: https://www.well.co.uk/pharmacy-services/erectile-dysfunction

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About the research

An online survey was conducted by Atomik Research amongst 1,002 men. The research fieldwork took place between 18th - 21st June 2021. Atomik Research is an independent market research agency that employs MRS-certified researchers and abides to the MRS code.