Eyespy: July 2012
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- Published: 29 June 2012
- DOI: 10.1136/sbmj.e4367
- Cite this as: Student BMJ 2012;344:e4367
Inconceivable—“Obligatory” sexual intercourse induces erectile dysfunction and is associated with extramarital sex in men who are trying to conceive, concludes a prospective study published in the Journal of Andrology (2012, doi:10.2164/jandrol.112.016667). The study enlisted 439 men attending a fertility clinic with their female partners. Male partners underwent andrological assessment before couples were instructed on a trial of timed intercourse that lasted one menstrual cycle. Men were followed up after each cycle of timed intercourse. The number of “incidents” of timed intercourse correlated positively with the likelihood of experiencing erectile dysfunction and participating in extramarital sex. Men with erectile dysfunction drank more soft drinks (P=0.0001) and had smaller testicles (P=0.0004) than men without erectile dysfunction. The researchers concluded that the harmful effects of timed intercourse should be made known to doctors and to both partners.
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