Filarial Hydrocele Negatively Affects Marriage And Sex

by Aruna on  April 22, 2009 at 11:23 AM Research News
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Filarial Hydrocele Negatively Affects Marriage And Sex
A large proportion (94%) of lymphatic filariasis (LF) patients with hydrocele and their wives report the inability to have a satisfactory sexual life because of this condition.

In a new ethnographic study, published on April 21 in the open-access journal PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases, Bontha V. Babu and his colleagues of the Indian Council of Medical Research highlight the incapacity of hydrocele patients during sexual intercourse, and its impact on marriageability of young patients in rural Orissa, India.

A mosquito-borne parasitic disease, LF, also known as elephantiasis, affects 120 million people globally. The manifestations of the disease are mostly irreversible and a cause of socioeconomic and psychological problems for patients and their families. Hydrocele, an accumulation of fluid in the scrotum that causes it to swell, is one of the chronic manifestations of filariasis among men, and there are 26.8 million cases of hydrocele worldwide. The authors' interaction with patients, their wives, and community members during these studies revealed several problems related to marriage and sex due to hydrocele.

Many patients interviewed reported a feeling of shame and embarrassment, and 87% reported pain in the scrotum during intercourse. Some patients, as well as their wives, desired surgery to remove the hydrocele (hydrocelectomy), yet most have not undergone this procedure for various reasons, including the costs involved and lack of surgical facilities in rural public-health institutions. Sexual dissatisfaction and the physical and economic burdens of hydrocele were seen to contribute to a lack of happiness and communication within couples. Furthermore, women in the community said that affected men are generally seen as the "last choice" for marriage.

The objective of the morbidity management arm of the Global Programme to Eliminate Lymphatic Filariasis is to increase access to hydrocelectomy, the recommended intervention. However, the authors say, hydrocelectomy has not been emphasised by national programmes.

"We plead that the program makes its initial activities to detect hydrocele cases for referral to a facility for surgery," said Babu. The authors suggest that mass hydrocelectomy camps may be feasible initially to reduce the burden of the condition in highly endemic areas, and that hydrocelectomy should be incorporated into primary health-care services.

Source: Eurekalert

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I had based at Gujarat age: 44 years having problem of LF since last 1.5 years, Shall I know that after surgery of LF, is any one can ipmrove their sex life positively? My email address:

hi im mohammad khan,my age is 25.i am suffering with hydrocele since last 1 and half year,i don't now what that desease called,[but my left side is very pain full.i cant sleep whole night]so kindley suggest me the right suggestion.if i go with surgery.i am affarding abt my marriage.some people are saying that dont do the surgery it will affect ur sexuul life later.but some are saying dat nothing will happen."so i humbelley requesting you,suggest me the right way please.i beg u.soon iam going to me out i am dieing every day.kindly suggest me the right way please,even i try lots of ayurvedic medicines n pain killers and anti biotics medicines also.but after few i am suffering the same problem again.


hi im jegan i have gone throuh hrdroele surgery 3year ago sexualy im very active,so just want to know its affect my family

Hi, I'm Kumar. I have gone through hrdrocele surgery 1 year ago, sexually I'm very active, but sometimes I get some sensitiveness, so I just want to know will this be a problem for intercourse?

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