African Health Sciences
Makerere University Medical School
Vol. 12, No. 2, 2012, pp. 160-165
Bioline Code: hs12027
Full paper language: English
Document type: Research Article
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African Health Sciences, Vol. 12, No. 2, 2012, pp. 160-165
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Prevalence and risk factors of erectile dysfunction in Niger delta region, Nigeria|
Idung, A.U.; Abasiubong, F.; Ukott, I.A.; Udoh, S.B. & Unadike, B.C.
Background: Erectile Dysfunction (ED) is one of the major social problems causing significant distress in men. Despite
the increasing difficulty in management, knowledge, and understanding of factors responsible for its development are
important for prevention and care.
Objectives To assess the prevalence and risk factors for ED among men in Niger Delta Region of Nigeria, in order to
determine its contextual variables.
Methods: Subjects included 400 male patients attending the general outpatients’ clinic (GOPC) of the University of Uyo
Teaching Hospital. Respondents completed the abridged version of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5).
Results: A total of 166 (41.5%) subjects had ED; 66 (16.5%) had mild; 32 (8.0%) mild to moderate; 24 (6.0%) moderate;
while 45 (11.3%) had severe 37 (9.2%) resulted from hypertension and its medications; 29 (7.3%) from diabetes; 49 (12.2%)
from a combination of both and their therapies (P=0.044); 24 (6.0%) had history of previous surgery; while for 27 (6.8%)
it was from undiagnosed medical conditions (p=0.001). The ED increases with age and is more among married and
Conclusion: ED is a common problem among men in Niger Delta region. Therefore, efforts must be made to reduce the
incidence by dealing with the factors responsible for its development
erectile dysfunction, men, distress, Niger delta region, Nigeria