Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a disease with a wide scope of etiologies. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is considered one of the risk factors for ED and is less studied. A growing lot of evidence show an association between OSA and ED. This study provides an updated review of the relationship between ED and OSA and the possible physiological mechanisms of ED in patients with OSA based on the current evidence. In clinical interviews, patients with ED may benefit from a sleep evaluation. However, further clinical investigations and more basic research are needed to illustrate the relationship between ED and OSA.
Frontiers in psychiatry. 2022 May 26*** epublish ***
Yiwei Gu, ChangJing Wu, Feng Qin, Jiuhong Yuan
Andrology Laboratory, West China Hospital, Sichuan University, Chengdu, China.