The prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) and premature ejaculation (PE) has been investigated in many population-based studies in different regions of the world. However, reliable data are lacking for Eastern Europe. Therefore, the aim of this study was to analyze the prevalence, effect on quality of life, and treatment-related behaviors for ED and PE in a population-representative sample of Polish men. We used an Internet interview format and rigorously adapted, widely accepted instruments for ED and PE evaluation. The study included 3001 men, representative for age and place of residence and adequate proportions of respondents from urban and rural areas. The prevalence of ED was 30.1-61.1%, and the prevalence of PE was 19.3-38.1%; there were no differences between urban and rural areas. Whereas the prevalence of ED increased with age, the prevalence of PE did not increase. More than 50% of respondents with ED and more than 60% of respondents with PE had concerns about their quality of life. However, less than one fourth of participants with ED and PE were seeking treatment, most of whom received treatment. The results of our nationwide analysis, reflecting the entire Polish population of men, are consistent with other epidemiologic studies of ED and PE and may support educational campaigns and health improvement programs in Poland.
Scientific reports. 2023 Aug 14*** epublish ***
Mikolaj Przydacz, Marcin Chlosta, Pawel Rajwa, Piotr Chlosta
Department of Urology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, ul. Macieja Jakubowskiego 2, 30-688, Krakow, Poland. ., Department of Urology, Jagiellonian University Medical College, ul. Macieja Jakubowskiego 2, 30-688, Krakow, Poland., Department of Urology, Medical University of Silesia, Zabrze, Poland.