Bladder inflammation may be cause of sex difficulties: Urogynecologists

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A urogynecology group identified two potential physiological hindrances against smooth sexual intercourse and named potential solutions, yesterday, in Taipei.

The Foundation for Women's Health and Urogynecology of Taiwan (FWHUT) announced yesterday that interstitial cystitis (IC), a kind of inflammation of the bladder, has long been the culprit of pain during sexual intercourse for women; an epidemiological research has indicated that about 52 to 67 out of every 100,000 Taiwanese women in Taiwan suffer from IC.

According to FWHUT, IC involves complex syndromes that result from autoimmunal, endocrinal, and neuronal dysfunctions, which often leads to inflammation in the bladder independent of foreign pathogens.

Common warning signs of the disease include bladder pain that can only be relieved after urination, frequent urination and enuresis that interrupt one's daily functions and interferes with one's sleep, with no infection or germs detected in one's urine.

In addition to causing patients physical pain, the chronic disease often sacrifices patients' sex lives; while their day jobs are disrupted by having to frequently use the bathroom, the quality of their sexual intercourses is also reduced - patients not only have to endure additional pain, but also fear that they would fail at holding back the urge to urinate.

Many disrupted marital lives result from the disease, the FWHUT noted.

Recent research has shown that hyaluronic acid infusions could relieve the discomfort resulting from bladder inflammation by protecting the endometrial of the bladder, the FWHUT said, while how much it alleviates the discomfort during sexual intercourse is still being investigated.

Other research on "the ideal sex life," taken from polling of 3,282 people from ten Asian countries, indicated that the hardness of erection, in addition to being the indication of men's cardiovascular health, also reflects men's self-confidence and dignity.

This research indicated that many males who face erection-related problems care about the process of sexual intercourse as a means only of reaching orgasm themselves; in other words, they focus on their own rather than on mutual feelings. About 30 per cent of this category of men feel uncomfortable discussing sex-related issues with their partners.

Jiaan Ban-pin, head of the Taiwanese Association of Andrology, pointed out that sexual intercourse is an important means of interaction between the two genders; without enough communication, one could neglect a partner's feelings, which would lead to chronic sexual dysfunction. Asking for help from professionals could be a good solution, Jiaan added.