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The Global Online Sexuality Survey (GOSS): Ejaculatory Function, Penile Anatomy, and Contraceptive Usage among Arabic-Speaking Internet Users in the Middle East

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Osama Kamal Zaki Shaeer, MD, Department of Andrology, Kasr El Aini Faculty of Medicine, Cairo University, 21 Gaber Ibn Hayan St., Dokki, 12311 ARE, PO Box 47 Bab El-Louk, Cairo 11513, Egypt. Tel: (202) 33359047, (202) 33374360; Fax: (202) 37605181; E-mail: dr.osama@alrijal.com

ABSTRACT

Introduction.  Sexuality is a sensitive issue that may be difficult to explore through surveys involving direct contact. Epidemiological studies in this domain are scarce. Online surveys may provide more anonymity and less direct contact encouraging participation. The Global Online Sexuality Survey (GOSS) reports on different aspects of male and female sexuality. The Global Online Sexuality Survey–Arabic–Males (GOSS-AR-M) is the Arabic version reporting on male sexuality.

Aim.  To evaluate male ejaculatory function, penile size and contraceptive trends among Arabic speakers in the Middle East.

Methods.  The survey was randomly offered online to web surfers in the Middle East.

Main Outcome Measures.  Prevalence of premature ejaculation, ejaculatory latency, penile size and their correlation with erectile function.

Results.  A total of 82.6% reported various degrees of premature ejaculation, associated with a statically significant decline in erectile function, despite a median intravaginal ejaculatory latency time (IELT) of 5 minutes, 95% confidence interval (CI) of 8.4–9.8. Adjusted to the World Standard Population by the World Health Organization, the collective prevalence was 83.7%. Local anesthetics gave better results and tolerance in delaying ejaculation. Self-measured erect penile length from symphysis pubis to glans was 15.6 cm ± 4.1, 95% CI = 15.4–15.9, yet, 30% were dissatisfied with size, mainly in the flaccid state, with dissatisfaction being inversely proportional with erectile function. Intrauterine device was the method mostly used by couples, and condoms had a high dissatisfaction rate.

Conclusion.  The prevalence of premature ejaculation appears to surpass that of erectile dysfunction, despite the possibility that it may be overreported considering the acceptable IELT of the population surveyed. Premature ejaculation and concerns over genital size may be considered as risk factors for ED. More male contraceptive measures should be introduced and popularized. Alleviating dissatisfaction with condom utility via health education should be a priority. Shaeer O and Shaeer K. The Global Online Sexuality Survey (GOSS): Ejaculatory function, penile anatomy, and contraceptive usage among Arabic-speaking Internet users in the Middle East. J Sex Med 2012;9:425–433.

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