Year : 2017  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 542-547

Epidemiology of patients attending a special clinic on sexual dysfunction from Eastern India: A retrospective data review

Department of Psychiatry, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Arghya Pal
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Background: Sexual dysfunctions (SD) are among the most common psychiatric disorders leading to significant impairment in the quality of life. However, in spite of that, little data exist regarding the prevalence of these disorders, especially from Eastern India. Methodology: This study was a retrospective analysis of the data from patients attending a special clinic conducted in the Outpatient Department in a General Hospital Psychiatry Unit from an urban center in Eastern India over the calendar year of 2016, adhering the Prins criteria. Results: Of the 237 patients attending the clinic, 235 (99.2%) were male and rest were female. The most common disorders reported included premature ejaculation (PME), erectile dysfunction (ED), comorbid ED and PME, lack of sexual desire, and dhat syndrome (DS). Comparison of the sociodemographic and clinical profile of patients of each disorder showed that patients with DS had a younger age and significantly lower history of nicotine use disorder. Conclusion: There is dearth of data regarding the prevalence of SD in clinical population from Eastern India. There is a high gender disparity among the patients attending the special clinic. The prevalence of the disorder in this clinic-based was similar to community studies conducted in India, but differed from studies conducted in Western countries. The major limitation was the cross-sectional design and limited generalizability of results.

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