Why using CPAP means better sex for women
Women with obstructive sleep apnoea and an ailing libido may get just the boost they need with the aid of their trusty CPAP machine.
But men using this treatment are unlikely to enjoy the same benefits in the bedroom department.
In a cohort study of 182 patients with sleep apnoea, a significant improvement in sexual quality of life was observed among those who used CPAP than for those who did not.
However, when the researchers had a closer look at the data, they found that only women enjoyed increased libido and more satisfying sex.
For men using CPAP, there was no improvement in erectile dysfunction or other measures of sexual function.
This finding is unexpected, say the researchers, who note previous studies have found men’s sex lives do benefit somewhat from CPAP treatment.
They say one potential reason for this discrepancy is the degree of adjustment for confounding in their study.
“Many of the previous studies on CPAP outcomes had limited the adjustment for potential confounders of sexual quality of life, while other studies were limited to subgroup analysis (without further adjustment for confounding) or to no accounting for confounders,” they write in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
Also, they note that previous studies selected patients with obstructive sleep apnoea and sexual dysfunction, whereas their study includes a broad sample of patients to help mitigate selection bias that might exaggerate the treatment outcomes.
You can access the study here