Institut for Biomedicin

Asbjørn Mohr Drewes

Erectile and ejaculatory function of males with spinal cord injury

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  • Ole Slot, Institut for Ortopædi og Intern Medicin, Danmark
  • A Drewes
  • Arne Andreasen, Danmark
  • A Olsson
The object of the study was to investigate the frequency of physiological sexual dysfunction in a population of men with spinal cord injury (SCI). A questionnaire-based survey of admissions during 1980-84 was undertaken at a regional spinal cord injury rehabilitation unit. Male patients aged 20-63 years with complete or incomplete tetraplegia or paraplegia living in their own homes were included in the study; 43 complied with inclusion criteria, and 38 answered the questionnaire. Ninety-five per cent of the patients stated that they could obtain an erection, 61% on a purely reflex basis; 66% stated that erection was sufficient for coitus, and 45% that they could obtain ejaculation/emission. More patients with incomplete than complete lesions reported ability to obtain ejaculation/emission. Significantly, more of the patients aged below 30 years reported erection sufficient for coitus (p less than 0.05). Forty-five per cent of the patients experienced complications of sexual activity, mainly in the form of bladder dysfunction and pain or spasms. In conclusion, SCI is usually accompanied by considerable sexual dysfunction, but most patients are still capable of functioning sexually. Thus, in the rehabilitation process after SCI, sexual counselling and information may be valuable.
TidsskriftThe Review of Disability Studies
Sider (fra-til)75-7
Antal sider3
StatusUdgivet - 1989

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