Erectile Dysfunction is Associated with Family Dysfunction among Adult Hypertensive Patients in Family Medicine Clinic University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital Ilorin Kwara State, Nigeria
Hypertension has been reported to be the most common co-morbidity in patients with erectile dysfunction and erectile dysfunction on the other hand has been linked to sexual and family disharmony globally. The prevalence of hypertension is high and is still increasing. It causes loss of sexual satisfaction and negatively impacts on the psychological well-being, social health and family relationships .The aim of this study was to assess the levels of family functioning, association of erectile dysfunction and family functioning together with partner's satisfaction during sexual intercourse among the respondents. The study was conducted at the Family Medicine Department of University of Ilorin Teaching Hospital. It was a cross-sessional hospital based study. Data was collected from 228 Hypertensive patients over a period of three months from June 2016 through August 2016 with the use of structured questionnaires namely the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5) and the Family Concern Index questionnaires as well as semi-structured questionnaires. Data was analyzed using Statistical Package for Social Sciences SPSS 20. The study showed that the overall prevalence of Erectile dysfunction among Hypertensive was 85.1%,more than half of the respondents (57%) had a functional families. However, all the respondents with dysfunctional families had erectile dysfunction. It was also discovered that two out of every five respondents(40.8%) expressed their partners dissatisfactions during sexual intercourse. There was a statistically significant association between erectile dysfunction, family functioning and partner's satisfaction. Erectile dysfunction has significant association with family dysfunction and partner sexual satisfaction. Hypertensive Patients should be screened for erectile dysfunction, family dysfunction and partner's sexual satisfaction.
Keywords : Erectile dysfunction, Family functioning, Hypertension.