Older people with urinary disorders are more prone to sexual dysfunction according to a recently published study.
Indeed, urinary incontinence promotes sexual dysfunction and a lower quality of life, according to a study published in the medical journal BJU International.
Researchers at Manchester Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom conducted a study with 3,805 participants in the nationally representative population-based English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA) cohort, focusing on aging, retirement and men’s health and middle-aged women.
The results of the study showed that 20% of women and 7% of men suffer from urinary incontinence and that this disorder is also associated with negative side effects.
In fact, the women interviewed who were affected by urinary incontinence reported suffering from sexual problems, with decreases in sexual activity, a decrease in libido, a growing concern about their frequency of sexual activity, and a decline in their sexual desire.
The men also reported a drop in sexual activity, a decrease in libido, increasing stress on the frequency of sexual activity, and a decline in desire.
“There is a fairly clear link between urinary incontinence and a number of negative consequences for sexual health. But as a taboo subject, urinary incontinence and its effect on late sexuality remains under-reported as health problems,” says David Lee of Manchester Metropolitan University, the lead author of the study.