There is a link between erectile dysfunction and benign prostatic hyperplasia
Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia

There is a link between erectile dysfunction and benign prostatic hyperplasia

Symptoms of the low urinary tract such as difficulty in urinating or completely emptying the bladder linked to benign prostatic hyperplasia may be a warning sign for another widespread male pathology – erectile dysfunction. A Bosnian study which involved 150 men aged between 40 and 60 and was published in the Medical Archives journal, suggests just that. The patients in the study were all being treated for benign prostatic hyperplasia and were divided into three groups based on the severity of the symptoms. Their erection was then evaluated using the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF) which is an internationally validated diagnostic tool for the erectile dysfunction analysis. The results have shown that the degree of erectile dysfunction is related to the low urinary tract symptom severity. The authors of the research pointed out that the relationship between the prostate size and urinary disorders has not yet been identified. Both variables seem to be related to erectile dysfunction. For this reason, it is worth emphasising the importance of subjecting all patients with benign prostatic hyperplasia to screening for the associated presence of sexual ailments.

Kardasevic, A., and Milicevic, S., Correlations of Subjective Symptoms in Patients with Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia and Erectile Dysfunction, Medical Archives (2017)

PP-SH-UK-0016 | Date of preparation: Feb 2018

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