Military soldiers face tough challenges on a daily basis, including intense, training, deployment, relocations and graphic combat exposure. In short, the life of a soldier is not the easiest job in the world.
If you opt to join the Army, Marines, Air Force or National Guard, one of the first challenges is basic training (boot camp) which is anything but basic. You have to undergo serious physical activity and follow strict regimental rules from commanding officers. The officers only want the best for troops, but putting them through these tough routines is adding to the Erectile Dysfunction epidemic.
A new, first-ever report of sexual functioning issues among young military males has been published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine. Researchers found that men aged 40 and younger, who are part of the U.S military, are 3 times more likely to suffer from erectile dysfunction than civilian guys of similar age.
While just 7 % of U.S.A's population suffers from erectile dysfunction, a staggering 33% of the 367 servicemen polled had experienced ED issues. As part of the study, researchers also wanted to examine what effects this can have on their quality of life and ability to serve the army.
Sherrie Wilcox, one of the study's authors and assistant professor at the University of California, has said the ED rate for young military men is most likely related to combat exposure. Being exposed to dead, dying or wounded people has long been a significant predictor of mental health decline among army troops. Once troops are trapped in this cycle of thought, many end up experiencing long-term post-traumatic stress disorder.
As stated in the findings, troops who reported symptoms of PTSD were 30 times more likely to come forward and disclose their ED problem. And they were 6 times more likely to have sexual dysfunction. Other research has backed up this finding, stating that approximately 80% of those with severe mental health conditions have sexual functioning problems.
The numbers get worse: those troops who suffer from moderate to severe anxiety or who were sexually assaulted at any time were 10-13 times more likely to have Erectile Dysfunction problems.
While it's easy to conclude that there is a clear relationship between erectile dysfunction and conditions like post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and other mental health conditions, the researchers cautioned against jumping to such conclusions.
Interesting read. I saw this in the news but didn't follow it up. I used to be in the army so not surprised tbh.