Prevalence and correlates of three types of pelvic pain in a nationally representative sample of Australian men

Pitts, Marian, Ferris, Jason, Smith, Anthony, Shelley, Julia and Richters, Juliet 2008, Prevalence and correlates of three types of pelvic pain in a nationally representative sample of Australian men, Journal of sexual medicine, vol. 5, no. 5, pp. 1223-1229.

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Title Prevalence and correlates of three types of pelvic pain in a nationally representative sample of Australian men
Author(s) Pitts, Marian
Ferris, Jason
Smith, Anthony
Shelley, Julia
Richters, Juliet
Journal name Journal of sexual medicine
Volume number 5
Issue number 5
Start page 1223
End page 1229
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, England
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1743-6095
1743-6109
Keyword(s) chronic pelvic pain
sex
urination
men
Summary Introduction: Recent international prevalence studies of pelvic pain in men have estimates ranging between 2% and 10%. These studies conclude that it is an important international health problem.

Aims: The aims of this study were to establish the first population-based study of pelvic pain in Australian men, and identify correlates with men's sexual and reproductive histories and other health conditions.

Methods: A representative household sample of 4,290 Australian men aged 16–64 years completed a computer-assisted telephone interview. They were asked about their experiences of pain in the pelvic region during the past 12 months.

Main Outcome Measures
: Prevalence of correlates of pain associated with sexual intercourse, pain associated with urination, and pelvic pain not associated with intercourse or urination.

Results: Five percent of men reported pain during urination, 5% reported pain related to sexual intercourse, and 12% of men reported other chronic pelvic pain. There was little overlap in reporting any of the three types of pelvic pain, with 18% of men reporting some form of pelvic pain. Men reporting any of the pain conditions were significantly more likely than other men to report a sexual experience when they had felt forced or frightened. Men reporting pain during intercourse and/or chronic pelvic pain were significantly more likely than other men to report same sex experience. All three groups of men with pelvic pain were more likely than other men to report some form of sexual difficulties. A report of ever receiving a diagnosis of depression or a report of anxiety was significantly associated with all forms of pelvic pain.

Conclusions
: More than one man in six report having some form of pelvic pain in the past 12 months. It is likely that men would benefit from a discussion about possible symptoms during consultations with their physicians.
Language eng
Field of Research 110312 Nephrology and Urology
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2008
Copyright notice ©2008, International Society for Sexual Medicine
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017721

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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