Quality of sexual life in men with obstructive sleep apnoea
ABSTRACT The study investigated the quality of sexual life of male obstructive sleep apnoea patients. Apnoea and non-apnoea participants were assessed with Golombok Rust Inventory of Sexual Satisfaction (GRISS) and Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV (SCID) before the sleep test. Folicule Stimulating Hormone (FSH), Luteinising Hormone (LH), prolactin, testosterone and oestrogen levels were also evaluated. The apnoea group had a higher BMI and lower LH and testosterone levels than the non-apnoea group. There were no differences between the apnoea, non-apnoea groups and within the apnoea groups (mild, moderate and high apnoea) in terms of sexual satisfaction. Although there was a change in the hormonal levels of obstructive sleep apnoea patients, the sexual life of apnoea patients was not affected at the clinical level.
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ABSTRACT: Patients with sleep apnoea syndrome (SAS) suffer from symptoms of hypogonadism. Besides surgical interventions, in some cases, the standard care of SAS for most patients is continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP). Studies focusing on the long-term effects of CPAP on testosterone levels revealed conflicting results. None of the studies included female patients with SAS. The aim of our study was to analyse and compare sex hormone levels in saliva before and after a night without and with CPAP in women and men with SAS. The results were negative. One night with CPAP did not affect the dynamics of sex hormones, neither in men nor in women. Future studies should focus on long-term effects of CPAP in both genders.Andrologia 03/2013; DOI:10.1111/and.12092