Motivations for seeking treatment for ED: the woman's perspective

McCabe, M. P., Conaglen, H., Conaglen, J. and O'Connor, E. 2010, Motivations for seeking treatment for ED: the woman's perspective, International journal of impotence research, vol. 22, no. 2, pp. 152-158, doi: 10.1038/ijir.2009.60.

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Title Motivations for seeking treatment for ED: the woman's perspective
Author(s) McCabe, M. P.
Conaglen, H.
Conaglen, J.
O'Connor, E.
Journal name International journal of impotence research
Volume number 22
Issue number 2
Start page 152
End page 158
Total pages 7
Publisher Nature Publishing Group
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2010-03
ISSN 0955-9930
Keyword(s) erectile dysfunction
woman's perspective
motivations for treatment
Summary There is increasing evidence that partners have a major role in treatment-seeking behavior for men with ED. This study investigated the motivations of 100 females for seeking medical treatment for their partner's ED. Semi-structured interviews focused on reasons for seeking treatment from the female's perspective. The themes that emerged from the data centered on the importance of sex in the relationship, with closeness and intimacy frequently being seen as more important than sex. The second major theme related to hopes that females had in relation to the medication, particularly in relation to increasing their partner's confidence and reducing his sexual frustration. Enhancement of the relationship as well as improving the female's own feelings of self-doubt and sexual frustration were also mentioned. The results of this study show the multi-faceted nature of the motivations that females express in terms of seeking help for their partner's ED.
Language eng
DOI 10.1038/ijir.2009.60
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920507 Women's Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2010
Copyright notice ©2010, Nature Publishing Group
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