A new study has found that 65 percent of men with erectile dysfunction (ED) are unable to have an orgasm and 58 percent have problems with ejaculation.
The research led by physician-scientists at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Centre followed 12,130 men with mild to severe ED and is the largest-ever analysis of orgasmic and ejaculatory dysfunction.
"While medications like Viagra or Cialis have been successful in helping many of these men, our research suggests there are other common sexual issues that remain largely unaddressed," said lead author Dr. Darius Paduch, male sexual medicine specialist at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Centre.
"For the last few decades, we have focused on penile rigidity, with erection as a synonym of normal sexual function. However, many patients say that problems with ejaculation-like decreased force or volume or decreased sensation of orgasm-are just as critical," he stated.
While severity of dysfunctional ejaculation and orgasm is correlated with ED severity, says Dr. Paduch, these issues were still surprisingly common in men with very mild ED.
Orgasm dysfunction was reported by 26 percent in men with very mild ED, and ejaculation dysfunction by 18 percent.
"This suggests that non-erectile sexual dysfunction is a regular occurrence even in men without ED," Dr. Paduch added.
The results were published in the British Journal of Urology International.