More often than not, ED has been described as an onset or current, real-time marker of a cardiovascular disease. In the past, numerous studies have been aimed at discerning the link between sexual functions and overall health in males who are sexually active and have just recently been faced with sexual problems or dysfunctions. I will be looking at one such study.

Depending upon their scores in the IIEF or the International Index of Erectile Function, it was found that significant association was found between the severity of ED men were facing and their overall well-being, despite the presence or non-presence of cardiovascular risk factors.

For the purpose of the study, ED was defined as the persistent inability to achieve or maintain an erection sufficient for satisfactory sexual performance. Definitions of other sexual dysfunctions like Premature ejaculation were also included, along with a holistic understanding of the mental pressures, negative consequences, loss of sexual desire and a detailed sexual history faced by participants.

However, there are some important things to note with regard to this study so that, moving forward, these indicators may be included in future research because let’s face it, that’s how intellectual thought evolves. Slowly but surely…

The participants of this study were Caucasian men of European descent, quite a homogeneous category. Hence, a more representative sample is needed in the times to come, to truly assess the nuances of sexual dysfunctions. In addition, the questionnaire format of investigation is met with lower response rates due to reluctance men face in answering it. They are more comfortable speaking to their physicians personally. Having said that, questionnaire based interrogation has proved to foster for critical thinking and has led to more reliable results.

An early and specific diagnosis, taking into account patient preference and testimonies of those who are directly affected by their condition are necessary to chart out a course for treatment options for male sexual issues such as ED and PE. For the complete study, please click here. (Published in Andrology)

Medically reviewed by Rishabh Verma, RP