Sexual function in male patients with obstructive sleep apnoea after 1 year of CPAP treatment

Authors

  • Marian Petersen,

    Corresponding author
    1. Lund Sleep Study Group, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
    • Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
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  • Ellids Kristensen,

    1. Sexological Clinic, Psychiatric Centre Copenhagen, University Hospital of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
    2. Department of Neurology, Psychiatry and Sensory Sciences, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark
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  • Søren Berg,

    1. Lund Sleep Study Group, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
    2. Department of ENT, Head and Neck Cancer, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
    3. ScanSleep, Copenhagen, Aalborg, Aarhus, Denmark
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  • Bengt Midgren

    1. Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
    2. Lund Sleep Study Group, Lund University, Lund, Sweden
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  • Authorship and Contributorship

    Marian Petersen initiated, designed and performed the study, collected and analysed the data, and co-wrote the paper. Ellids Kristensen contributed to the design, analysed the data and co-wrote the paper. Søren Berg collected and co-analysed the data and co-wrote the paper. Bengt Midgren supervised the analysis of data and the writing of the paper.

  • Ethics

    Informed consent was written and obtained and the study was reviewed and approved by the Ethical Committee of Copenhagen.

  • Conflict of interest

    Marian Petersen has declared no conflict of interest. Ellids Kristensen has received honoraria from Pfizer, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Eli Lilly and Servier for lectures and from Eli Lilly for consultant commitments. Søren Berg is one of the owners and managers of ScanSleep and has received honoraria from ResMed Denmark and Sweden for lectures and consultant commitments. Bengt Midgren has received honoraria from Philips Respironics Sweden, ResMed Sweden, Denmark and Norway, and from BREAS Medical Sweden for lectures and consultant commitments.

Correspondence

Marian Petersen, RN, PhD, Department of Respiratory Medicine and Allergology, Univerity Hospital, SE-221 85 Lund, Sweden.

Tel: +45 2926 9456

Fax: +45 3545 7349

email: marian@mzp.dk

Abstract

Objective

Our objective was to investigate what impact 1 year of effective nocturnal continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment had on general and functional aspects of sexuality in male patients with a confirmed diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA).

Methods

Before and after 1 year of CPAP treatment, a total of 207 CPAP-compliant male patients (age 26–77) received a survey with questions drawn from two self-administered questionnaires on sexuality – Life Satisfaction 11 (LiSat-11) and brief sexual function inventory (BSFI). For assessment of daytime sleepiness, we used the Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS).

Results

Response rate was 76%. We found no significant changes in satisfaction with relation to partner or life as a whole, but satisfaction with sexual life (LiSat-11) and both general and functional aspects of sexuality (BSFI) were significantly improved after 1 year of CPAP treatment. ESS score decreased significantly after 1 year of CPAP treatment.

Conclusion

One year of CPAP treatment improves all aspects of sexual function in male patients with OSA. Our data indirectly suggest that organic factors are the most likely explanation to these improvements.

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