Women were only found to benefit from continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) mask whereas in men it was mainly associated with reduced sexual quality of life, finds a new study. The findings of this study are published in the JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery.
Why The Research Is Interesting: Obstructive sleep apnea reduces the sexual quality of life (QOL) as a result of reduced libido and intimacy, erectile dysfunction and several other factors. Treatment for obstructive sleep apnea may improve sexual QOL.
Who and When: 182 patients with newly diagnosed obstructive sleep apnea who were prescribed CPAP treatment from September 2007 through June 2010.
How (Study Design): This was an observational study. Researchers were not intervening for purposes of the research and cannot control all the natural differences that could explain the study findings.