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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 76-81

Sexual dysfunction (Kṛcchra Vyavāya) in obesity (Sthaulya): Validation by an observational study

1 Department of Ayurveda Siddhanta, Government Ayurveda Medical College, Mysore, India
2 Post Graduate Studies in Ayurveda Siddhanta, Government Ayurveda Medical College, Mysore, India
3 Department of Kayachikitsa, Government Ayurveda Medical College, Mysore, India
4 Department of Dravyaguna, Government Ayurveda Medical College, Mysore, India

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DOI: 10.4103/0257-7941.118535

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Objective: The present study intends to evaluate the relationship between Sthaulya (obesity) and Kcchra Vyavāya (sexual dysfunction) with respect to different phases of sexual intercourse through a single-centered, observational study in male patients of obesity. Materials and Methods: The study involved 33 obese males from the outpatient department of the Institution whose sexual functioning was assessed using an International Index of Erectile Function questionnaire, which was meant to assess five specific areas of sexual functioning. Results: A varying degree of sexual dysfunction was observed in four out of five areas of sexual functioning viz. erectile function (P < 0.02), orgasmic function (P < 0.02), sexual desire (P < 0.08), and overall satisfaction (P < 0.000) in obese individuals. Statistically significant dysfunction was not observed in intercourse satisfaction. Conclusions: Varying degree of sexual dysfunction is present in obese males, suggesting that obesity has a possible role in reducing the quality of sexual functioning in males as indicated in the classical ayurvedic literature.

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