Overactive bladder negatively affects erectile function and promotes premature ejaculation: findings from large representative population-level study

Mikolaj Przydacz, Nadir Osman, Sabrina De Cillis, Cyrille Guillot-Tantay, Francois Herve, Tanja Hüsch, Ester Illiano, Antonio Tienza Fernandez, Manuela Tutolo, Luis Vale, Mehmet Gokhan Culha, Fabiana Cancrini, Steeve Doizi, Paolo Geretto, Nicholas Raison, Howard B Goldman, Piotr Chlosta, Veronique Phe

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Abstract

Purpose: The effect of overactive bladder (OAB) on sexual health has been evaluated extensively for women but much less for men. Therefore, the aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between OAB and men’s sexual activity and the effect of OAB on erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE) in a large representative cohort of men at the population level. Methods: This study was based on computer-assisted web interviews that used validated questionnaires. The most recent census and the sample size estimation calculations were employed to produce a population-representative pool. Results: The study included 3001 men, representative of the population in terms of age and place of residence. The frequency of sexual intercourse was higher for respondents without OAB symptoms compared with persons who had OAB (p = 0.001), but there was no association between OAB symptoms and number of sexual partners (p = 0.754). Regression models did not confirm the effect of OAB on sexual activity (odds ratio 0.993, CI 0.974–1.013, p = 0.511). Both ED and PE were more prevalent in respondents with OAB symptoms compared with persons who lacked those symptoms (p < 0.001). Importantly, the effect of OAB on ED or PE was independent of age, comorbidities, and lifestyle habits (regression coefficients of 0.13 and 0.158 for ED and PE, respectively). Conclusion: Overactive bladder did not significantly affect men’s sexual activity, but it significantly correlated with ED and PE. Our results suggest a need in daily clinical practice to screen for OAB symptoms for persons who report ED or PE.

Original languageEnglish
Article number139
Pages (from-to)139
JournalWorld Journal of Urology
Volume42
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 13 Mar 2024

Keywords

  • Male
  • Humans
  • Female
  • Premature Ejaculation/epidemiology
  • Erectile Dysfunction/epidemiology
  • Urinary Bladder, Overactive/complications
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Ejaculation

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