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The Prevalence And Associated Factors Of Premature Ejaculation (PE) And Erectile Dysfunction (ED) Among Patients On Antidepressants In A Teaching Hospital (TH)

Lim Jun Yi, Mohammad Izzat Najmi Bin Kamaruddin, Jamuna Vijayakumaran, Nur Diyanah Talib, Nur Diana Ahmad Fitri, Hatta Sidi, Shalisah Sarip, Loo Jiann Lin


Objective: Sexual problems are common among patients who are on antidepressants treatment. The objective of this study is to determine the prevalence of PE and ED, and their potential risk factors that may impair their sexual function in a TH.

Methods: A cross-sectional study using simple random sampling was conducted among adult male patients who are on antidepressant treatment in the TH psychiatric outpatient clinic. Respondents’ sociodemographic data were obtained. Participants were interviewed using a structured self-report questionnaire with 15-item International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-15)where the scores lesser than 25 were indicative for having an ED. A validated Malay Premature Ejaculation Diagnostic Tool (MAPET) was used to assess PE and those with a score ≥ 23 were considered to have PE.

Results: Hundred respondents were participated, and the prevalence of PE and ED was 66% and 85%, respectively. Using multivariate binary logistic regression, the potential risk factors of PE were race, i.e. being non-Malay (p=0.044), lesser in the frequency of sexual activity (p=0.03) and also an ED (p=0.03), respectively. The only risk factor for ED was PE (p=0.026). No significant association was noted for the other factors, including type of the antidepressant, dose and duration of antidepressant used (p>0.05). There was a strong correlation of MAPET and IIEF-15 (r=-0.345, p < 0.01) signifying patient with more severe PE had more severe ED.

Conclusions: Due to very high rate of ED and PE in this group of respondents, it is pivotal to screen for sexual problem among patients who are taking an antidepressant in a psychiatric setup.

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Sexual Dysfunction; Sexual Disorder; Premature Ejaculation; Erectile Dysfunction; Antidepressants

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