Behavioural and clinical findings in couples where the man presents with erectile disorder: A retrospective study

Authors
Citation
A. Riley et E. Riley, Behavioural and clinical findings in couples where the man presents with erectile disorder: A retrospective study, INT J CL PR, 54(4), 2000, pp. 220-224
Citations number
19
Language
INGLESE
art.tipo
Article
Categorie Soggetti
General & Internal Medicine
Journal title
INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF CLINICAL PRACTICE
ISSN journal
1368-5031 → ACNP
Volume
54
Issue
4
Year of publication
2000
Pages
220 - 224
Database
ISI
SICI code
1368-5031(200005)54:4<220:BACFIC>2.0.ZU;2-M
Abstract
Relevant data were extracted from the case records of a consecutive series of 128 men (median age 57 years) who presented with erectile disorder and w hose partners (median age 54 years) attended on the first or second consult ation. The case records included responses to questionnaires addressing iss ues relating to sexual behaviour, used routinely in the clinic. Of these pa rtners, 123 agreed to be clinically examined, including pelvic examination. The duration of erectile disorder ranged from less than one year to 40 yea rs. Only about 10% of couples had experienced sexual: kissing and/or caress ing in the four weeks before presentation. Almost half the couples had not experienced any sexual activity for about 2.5 years. While 83.7% of men con sidered intercourse to be important to themselves, only 20.2% of the women rated intercourse somewhat or very important. Clinical evidence of urogenit al atrophy was present in 33.3% of women over the age of 46 years. Three wo men had a vaginismic response to examination in the clinic and one of these women reported long term vaginismus pre-dating the onset of her partner's erectile disorder. One case of malignant ovarian tumour was identified. The observations from this study demonstrate the need to involve the partner i n the assessment process of men presenting with erectile disorder.