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Men's Health: Sexual Dysfunction, Physical, and Psychological Health—Is There a Link?

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  • Hui Meng Tan FRCS,

    1. Sime Darby Medical Centre, Selangor, Malaysia
    2. Medical Research & Development Unit, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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  • Seng Fah Tong MMed(Fam Med),

    1. Department of Family Medicine, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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  • Christopher C.K. Ho FICS

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    1. Department of Surgery, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
      Christopher C.K. Ho, FICS, Department of Surgery, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur 56000, Malaysia. Tel: +60391456202; Fax: +60391456684; E-mail: chrisckho2002@yahoo.com
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Christopher C.K. Ho, FICS, Department of Surgery, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Medical Centre, Jalan Yaacob Latif, Bandar Tun Razak, Cheras, Kuala Lumpur 56000, Malaysia. Tel: +60391456202; Fax: +60391456684; E-mail: chrisckho2002@yahoo.com

ABSTRACT

Introduction.  Sexual dysfunction in men, such as erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, and premature ejaculation, generates considerable attention. Its association with physical and psychological health is an issue which should be addressed seriously.

Aim.  A review of the literature pertaining to the correlation between sexual dysfunction and physical and psychological health.

Methods.  PubMed search for relevant publications on the association between sexual dysfunction in men and physical and psychological health.

Main Outcome Measure.  Clinical and epidemiological evidence that demonstrates the association between sexual dysfunction in men and physical and psychological health.

Results.  Sexual dysfunction, i.e., erectile dysfunction, hypogonadism, and premature ejaculation, has been shown to be associated with physical and psychological health. There is a strong correlation between sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular disease, metabolic syndrome, quality of life, and depression.

Conclusion.  The association between men's sexual dysfunction and physical and psychological health is real and proven. Therefore, it should not be taken lightly but instead treated as a life-threatening medical problem. Tan HM, Tong SF, and Ho CCK. Men's health: Sexual dysfunction, physical, and psychological health—Is there a link? J Sex Med 2012;9:663–671.

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