Urinary symptoms linked to sex dysfunction

June 9, 2004 at 11:58 AM
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ROCHESTER, Minn., June 9 (UPI) -- U.S. researchers have found a link between lower urinary tract symptoms and sexual dysfunction in older men.

The study found symptoms most commonly associated with sexual dysfunction -- such as getting and maintaining an erection and problems with sexual function -- were strongly associated with urinary tract symptoms, including feelings of urgency, weak urine streams and difficulty to start urinating.

"This observation suggests there may be a common cause that someday may prove amenable to medical treatments that could be effective for treating both conditions," said senior author Dr. Steven Jacobsen of the Mayo Clinic.

Lower urinary tract symptoms become common as a man's prostate enlarges, restricting urine flow or affecting regular bladder habits. Around the same time -- about age 65 -- an estimated 100 million men worldwide experience sexual dysfunction.

Jacobsen and his colleagues studied 2,115 male patients to assess the relationship between symptoms. No strong link exists, however, between sex drive and urinary symptoms, researchers said.

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