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Study Finds CPAP Improves Sexual Function
Study Finds CPAP Improves Sexual Function, Satisfaction in Men with Sleep Apnea

Researchers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center have found that non-diabetic men under age 60 who suffer from obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are experiencing improved sexual function and satisfaction from use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy.

For the study, the researchers assessed the erectile function and libido of 92 men who were newly diagnosed with OSA and starting CPAP therapy. According to the researchers, erectile dysfunction (ED) is common in OSA patients, and nearly half of the men in the Walter Reed study reported the presence of ED. Patients were assessed again after 1, 3, and 6 months of CPAP therapy.

The results showed that CPAP improved the sexual function and satisfaction in the majority of men in the study regardless of their level of erectile function reported at the start of the study. According to the researchers, while those with ED reported more improvements, many participants without ED also reported improved sexual function and satisfaction.

“We were surprised at how prevalent ED is in a relatively young population of men with sleep apnea. The average age was 45,” said Joseph Dombrowsky, MD, the study’s primary investigator. “But we were similarly surprised at how robust a clinically significant response the men had with CPAP therapy.”

The findings were presented last week at the SLEEP 2012 meeting in Boston.

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(06-20-2012 02:56 PM)ApneaNews Wrote:  For the study, the researchers assessed the erectile function and libido of 92 men who were newly diagnosed with OSA and starting CPAP therapy.
Why these kind of studies never included women and how they did the assessing on the men surely not using the EPS (Epworth Sleepiness Scale)
Lets face it, if one is sleep deprived sex would be the last thing on one mind Dont-know
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06-21-2012 12:35 AM
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(06-21-2012 12:35 AM)zonk Wrote:  
(06-20-2012 02:56 PM)ApneaNews Wrote:  For the study, the researchers assessed the erectile function and libido of 92 men who were newly diagnosed with OSA and starting CPAP therapy.
Why these kind of studies never included women and how they did the assessing on the men surely not using the EPS (Epworth Sleepiness Scale)
Lets face it, if one is sleep deprived sex would be the last thing on one mind Dont-know

Not spoken like a true man Too-funny It wouldnt matter how tired I was although after 5 years, I wouldnt know if there was any improvement or not but Im fishing better Laugh-a-lot Dielaughing
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Even though I am feeling better in many ways after getting my OSA treated, I am not sure that my wife is finding me more attractive, especially when she turns towards me and sees my face wrapped in a chin strap and nasal pillows with a hose hanging from my face. She tells me I am a pretty frightening sight. This makes me wonder about the results of this study. What good is treatment if it helps one's sexual partner's function, while turning off the other's. Ater all, doesn't it still take two to tango?
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(06-21-2012 11:59 AM)BabyDoc Wrote:  Ater all, doesn't it still take two to tango?
It just reminded me of Marlon Brando movie "Last Tango In Paris" Too-funny
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I bought a new bed to solve my problem Too-funny

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also it would make a practical hose management system and rainout protection
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(06-21-2012 11:59 AM)BabyDoc Wrote:  Even though I am feeling better in many ways after getting my OSA treated, I am not sure that my wife is finding me more attractive, especially when she turns towards me and sees my face wrapped in a chin strap and nasal pillows with a hose hanging from my face. She tells me I am a pretty frightening sight. This makes me wonder about the results of this study. What good is treatment if it helps one's sexual partner's function, while turning off the other's. Ater all, doesn't it still take two to tango?

I knew a girl one time that made a comment about my CPAP mask, something about looking like an alien, even though she had only seen it once while I was trying it on. As a result, I never spent the entire night with her. I would stay until I started to fall asleep, and then I would head home to spend the night in my own bed with my CPAP. She realized what she had done, apologized, and asked me to stay many times, but I never trusted her enough to stay.

My wife has never complained, and has never made a negative comment about my CPAP use. It has changed the way we are at times, but it has not changed our relationship. We don't fall asleep forehead to forehead, nose to nose, but that's kind of a good thing for me. I would get hot with her wrapped around me at night.

She doesn't roll over on me in the morning for sex like she once did, but that might have more to do with our 20 years of marriage than the CPAP. Still, we find intimate moments. Less in the morning when I'm in my own little world with the CPAP mask on, but we still have time to lay naked in bed in the evening after work. Sometimes just to cuddle, and sometimes for sex.

Wearing a CPAP mask at night can certainly put a wall between you and your lover while going to sleep and while sleeping, but that's it. Even morning sex is possible if your lover is aggressive enough to rip the mask from your face and have his/her way with you. :-)
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