New research suggests that erectile dysfunctions are more common among gay men than among straight men.
The study, which appeared in the journal The Lancet, found that gay men have higher rates of erectile problems, and that erections have diminished over time.
It also found that the erectile difficulties among gay and bisexual men was much more common than the heterosexual erectile symptoms.
Dr. Steven Klimas, a research fellow at Harvard Medical School and the lead author of the study, said the findings are a sign that the sexual health of gay men has not been studied enough.
“These findings underscore the need to continue to research the sexual dysfunction and erectile health of LGBT communities,” Klimis said in a statement.
“The results suggest that the causes of these sexual dysfunction are complex and multifactorial and are not well understood.”
In the study researchers asked participants to report their sexual history using the Sexual Health Questionnaire, which asks participants to describe their sexual activity.
Participants with erectile disorders were found to have higher levels of erections than those with erections that were normal, or at least in line with their own expectations.
In contrast, those with normal erectile functioning were found not to have problems.
Researchers said they suspect the reasons for the higher rates were related to the fact that the gay men in the study reported more problems with erecting, and more difficulty with sexual activity during sexual intercourse.
“We know that erect penile dysfunction can have a detrimental impact on sexual function, and this is consistent with our understanding of how it can cause erectile issues in heterosexual men,” said Dr. J. Richard Cairns, a professor of medicine at the University of Sydney, in a prepared statement.
The study’s findings also suggest that sexual problems are not exclusive to gay men.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, one in three gay men experience erectile discomfort.
This study is the latest in a series of studies to explore sexual health issues among gay males.
In 2015, the University in South Carolina surveyed 2,100 gay men and found that more than 40 percent reported having erectile difficulty.
In 2016, researchers surveyed a sample of gay and lesbian men and reported that 19 percent reported experiencing erectile distress.