Adverse Impact of Sexual Dysfunction in Chronic Prostatitis/Chronic Pelvic Pain Syndrome

Shaun Wen Huey Lee, Men Long Liong, Kah Hay Yuen, Wing Seng Leong, Phaik Yeong Cheah, Nurzalina Abdul Karim Khan, John N. Krieger

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Abstract

Objectives: To examine the prevalence, characteristics, and impact of sexual dysfunction in our primary care referral population. Methods: Participants seeking treatment for chronic prostatitis/chronic pelvic pain syndrome (CP/CPPS) were recruited from general urology clinics. The subjects completed the National Institutes of Health-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index, International Index of Erectile Function-5, and selected questions from the University of Washington Symptom Score. Additional information on demographics and medical and treatment history were also obtained. Sexual dysfunction was defined as self-reported erectile dysfunction (ED) or ejaculatory difficulty, or both. Results: Of 296 participants with CP/CPPS, 214 (72.3%) reported sexual dysfunction. The National Institutes of Health-Chronic Prostatitis Symptom Index total score averaged 22.5 ± 6.9 for participants with sexual dysfunction compared with 20.4 ± 7.8 for participants who did not report sexual dysfunction (P = 0.03). Of the 214 participants with sexual dysfunction, 54 (25.0%) complained of ED only, 71 (33.4%) complained of ejaculatory difficulties only, and 89 (41.6%) complained of both ED and ejaculatory difficulties. Men reporting both ED and ejaculatory difficulty reported worse CP/CPPS symptoms (analysis of variance, P = 0.042) and worse quality of life (analysis of variance, P = 0.006) than men without sexual dysfunction. Conclusions: Sexual dysfunction was reported by almost three quarters of patients with CP/CPPS. Patients with CP/CPPS and sexual dysfunction experienced substantially worse symptoms, particularly worse quality of life, than other patients with CP/CPPS. Sexual dysfunction merits consideration as an important aspect of CP/CPPS and a potential outcome measure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-84
Number of pages6
JournalUrology
Volume71
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2008
Externally publishedYes

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