23 October 2014
A new study has found that the use of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) devices for the treatment of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) does not negatively impact sexual quality of life.
Researchers at Rosalind Franklin University, US, looked at the impact on sexual quality of life among compliant and non-compliant CPAP users. Patients are classed as compliant if they use the device for more than four hours a night for 70 per cent of days.
The study, released online in the journal 'CHEST', involved 52 patients with OSA or CPAP answering ten questions relating to emotional and physical aspects of sex. Over half (27) of patients were compliant.
It revealed that - when adjusted for all variables - compliant use of CPAP doesn't affect sexual quality of life.
The scores were similar between compliant and non-compliant participants, according to Dr Mark Rosen, medical director at the American College of Chest Physicians.
"This study suggests that CPAP compliance does not impair sexual quality of life in patients with sleep apnea," he concluded.
Posted by Philip Briggs
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