Do women suffer from erectile dysfunction? Yes, concludes the result of a recent study from Canadian researchers, at least indirectly. Let's say they suffer for erectile dysfunction. Aside from the obvious reduction in frequency of sexual intercourse in the lives of monogamous women living with erection dysfunction problems, the research demonstrated that the female's sex drive itself increases with their partner undergoes treatment for erectile dysfunction.
The study, co-authored by Dr. William Fisher, Professor of Psychology, and Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Ontario (London, Ontario campus), is entitled "Women's Sexual Function Improves When Partners Are Administered Vardenafil for Erectile Dysfunction: A Prospective, Randomized, Double-Blind, Placebo-Controlled Trial" and was published in November 2005 in "The Journal of Sexual Medicine." As this publication is the official journal of the International Society for Sexual Medicine, publication of the study indicates its worthiness of some consideration for the public-at-large. Alongside the piece run official guidelines from the Second International Consultation on Sexual Dysfunctions in Men and Women.
At the heart of the research was the revelation that the sexual function of the female is directly related to the male's physical problems. The sexual habits of two hundred twenty-nine couples of ages from late twenties to seniors in which the male was being treated for erectile dysfunctions were studied over a period of approximately seven months. Alongside research, questionnaires and surveys were taken, including the Sexual Life Quality Questionnaire.
Those men who received a suitably efficacious PDE5 inhibitor were rewarded not only with the return of their potency, but with more desirous and enthusiastic partners. Across the board and across demographics, satisfaction and ultimately healthiness was shown in greater amounts among the treated. Placebos were administered to the control group and, even in cases wherein the male's erection dysfunction was overcome purely psychologically, no improvement in the female's arousal functions was observed.
The research has been a "landmark" and even "revolutionary" in its display of physiological changes in one partner affecting the other, a quality which cannot be analyzed chemically. Such studies are exceedingly rare, thanks to the difficulty in acceptance by the scientific community to an abstract supposition.
The study suggests that the couple should address the issue and participate in treatment for erectile dysfunction. Clearly, this work is one demanding the attention of those of all walks of life who suffer from erection dysfunction. Indeed, the conclusion appears to be, despite the high praise given this ambitious study, the final result bears out that old adage about sex: "It's ninety percent mental." And, believe it or not, communication may be more important to a healthy sex life than that little blue friend.