TITLE

INTEGRATING NEW BIOMEDICAL TREATMENTS INTO THE ASSESSMENT AND MANAGEMENT OF ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION

AUTHOR(S)
Basson, Rosemary
PUB. DATE
October 1998
SOURCE
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality;Fall98, Vol. 7 Issue 3, p213
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article draws attention to the need for clinicians to address the affective and cognitive factors that can be both causes and consequences of ED. Erectile dysfunction (ED) is currently understood to result from a variety of potentially interacting neurological, vascular, pharmacological, hormonal, affective, cognitive, behavioral and lifestyle factors. The (National Institute of Health) NIH's definition of ED as the "inability of the male to achieve an erect penis as part of the overall multifaceted process of male sexual function" makes it clear that sexual interaction is more than intercourse, and invites a broader consideration of the psychological, interpersonal, and societal aspects of male sexuality. Cognitive, interpersonal and psychosocial issues can cause and maintain ED, and they are unavoidably present even in ED that has a clear medical explanation. The current challenge is to integrate erectile enhancement in a holistic manner and to undertake and publish both explanations of how this is done, and outcome studies that include assessment of the impact of treatment on sexual functioning, physical and emotional intimacy.
ACCESSION #
1515089

 

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