Effect on quality of life for men with erectile dysfunction
1. Sexual Performance Inadequacy
2. Relationships with partners (decrease in interactions with sexual partners)
3. Sexual Imaginings (loss of physical or emotional responses to attractive sexual partners); and
4. Masculinity (loss of sexual function diminishing a man's sense of self).
Sexuality is a key component of quality of life and the ability to have and sustain an erection for intercourse is an important aspect of sexuality. In addition, ED can influence beliefs about masculinity and confidence with sexual partners.
Changes in male sexual function can create adverse emotional outcomes with corresponding impotence symptoms such as anxiety or depression. Satisfaction with one's sexual life has been linked to a prediction of general life satisfaction. For men with other depressive factors, impotence can produce an additional negative impact on their quality of life. Indeed the psychological impacts of impotence could impact more than the physical effects of a chronic illness.
Participants in Study
Participants were found from two GUM clinics from London Hospitals which specialise in erectile dysfunction. The sample size was 50 with a mean age of 47 years old and range 25 to 77 years old. The sample size consisted of men with partial or complete ED, diagnosed at least four months prior to the commencement of the study. The majority of the study group were White Caucasian (51%), followed by Black Caribbean and Black African (37%) and the remaining 12% were Asian. Over two-thirds of the sample was married or with a partner, 12% were single and 22% were divorced, widowed or separated.
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