Sexy CPAP: masks found to improve sex lives

But only in women, say perplexed researchers

Women with sleep apnoea see their sex lives improve when they wear breathing masks to bed, a small US study suggests.

Sleep apnoea has long been linked to sexual dysfunction.

For men, it's tied to difficulties getting and maintaining an erection, as well as ejaculation disorders, while for women, it's associated with vaginal dryness and painful intercourse.

In this latest study, researchers examined data on 182 men and women with newly diagnosed sleep apnoea.

They were all prescribed night-time treatment with CPAP.

One year later, the 72 patients who stuck with CPAP treatment had greater improvements in sexual quality of life than the 110 people who didn't keep up with treatment, the study found.

The improvement was seen in women but not men.

"At this point, it's not clear why we saw such

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