Sexuality and Disability

, Volume 31, Issue 3, pp 229–237

Sexuality in Young Adult Men Aged 18–24 with Epilepsy

  • Erman Bagcioglu
  • Abdullah Acar
  • Kerem Senol Coskun
  • Abdullah Akpinar
  • Vedat Ali Yurekli
  • Serdar Oruc
  • Hasan Mayda
  • Bulent Bahceci
Original Paper

DOI: 10.1007/s11195-013-9303-y

Cite this article as:
Bagcioglu, E., Acar, A., Coskun, K.S. et al. Sex Disabil (2013) 31: 229. doi:10.1007/s11195-013-9303-y

Abstract

The aim of this study was to determine the extent of sexual dysfunction in young male patients (18–24 years) with epilepsy. Forty-five male patients with epilepsy aged between 18 and 24, and forty-four age- matched healthy male volunteers were included in the study. Participants completed a battery of self-reported tests (ASEX: Arizona Sexual Experiences Scale, HADS: Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale). Demographic and clinical variables were recorded. Serum total testosterone was measured between 8:00 and 10:00 a.m. in patients with epilepsy. Sexual function scores (sexual drive and penile erection) were higher in patients with epilepsy than those of the control group (p < 0.001 and p = 0.008, respectively). The difference between the mean total ASEX scores, which were 13.9 and 11.4 in patients with epilepsy and controls, respectively, was significant (p = 0.009). HAD anxiety scores were significantly higher in patients with epilepsy than controls (p = 0.01) (Table 2). HAD-depression scores of both groups were similar (p = 0.09). This study demonstrates that young male patients with epilepsy have lower levels of sexual activity and drive and more erectile problems. Impaired sexual function is associated with anxiety scores.

Keywords

Epilepsy Sexual dysfunction Young adult men Turkey 

Copyright information

© Springer Science+Business Media New York 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Erman Bagcioglu
    • 1
  • Abdullah Acar
    • 2
  • Kerem Senol Coskun
    • 1
  • Abdullah Akpinar
    • 3
  • Vedat Ali Yurekli
    • 4
  • Serdar Oruc
    • 5
  • Hasan Mayda
    • 1
  • Bulent Bahceci
    • 6
  1. 1.Departments of Psychiatry, Faculty of MedicineAfyon Kocatepe UniversityAfyonkarahisarTurkey
  2. 2.Departments of Neurology, Faculty of MedicineDicle UniversityDiyarbakirTurkey
  3. 3.Departments of Psychiatry, Faculty of MedicineSuleyman Demirel UniversityIspartaTurkey
  4. 4.Departments of Neurology, Faculty of MedicineSuleyman Demirel UniversityIspartaTurkey
  5. 5.Departments of Neurology, Faculty of MedicineAfyon Kocatepe UniversityAfyonkarahisarTurkey
  6. 6.Departments of Psychiatry, Faculty of MedicineRecep Tayyip Erdogan UniversityRizeTurkey

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