Role of Testosterone in Male Sexual Impotent Patients

  • O. Benkert
  • F. Holsboer


The role of biological factors contributing to development of sexual dysfunction (SD) has given rise to controversy over many years. Whereas a broad consensus is achieved that schizophrenia and affective psychoses have a biological etiology, such mechanisms receive less acceptance for SD. Conversely, the observation that SD is frequently a concomitant factor in affective illness is subject of current interest in research. For both diseases SD and affective disorder impaired gonadal function is documented (Rubin et al., 1981; Benkert and Holsboer, 1984), whereas both disorders may well occur independantly from each other. In the following section we outline briefly some of the presently available data on biological indices of SD. Some of the forthcoming research strategies are illustrated from which the emergence of a timely and appropriate classification of SD is expected.


Sexual Dysfunction Sexual Dysfunction Penile Erection Biological Index Affective Psychos 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • O. Benkert
    • 1
  • F. Holsboer
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of MainzMainzGermany

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