Background: A common question among men who are stroke survivors is whether stroke occurrence will interfere with sexual performance. The question continues to have major significance in resumption of normal activities and reintegration into society for stroke survivors.
Methods: Using a standard questionnaire, we examined trends and prevalence of erectile dysfunction in regards to moderate (sometimes) to severe (always) disability to get and keep an erection adequate for satisfactory intercourse in a nationally representative sample of the United States population. We analyzed data from 4929 men who participated in National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) 2001 to 2004. Stroke was defined based on self-report of physician diagnosis.
Results: Moderate to severe disability to get and keep an erection adequate for satisfactory intercourse was reported by 13 (6.4%) men with history of stroke and 276 (5.8%) without stroke, respectively (p=0.65). After adjustment for differences in age, men with history of stroke did not have any increase in risk of moderate to severe disability to get and keep an erection adequate for satisfactory intercourse (odds ratio [OR] 0.8; 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.4 to1.7).
Conclusions: Erectile dysfunction was relatively infrequent among men with history of stroke and no higher than in men without stroke.