Summary of the recommendations on sexual dysfunctions in men

J Sex Med. 2004 Jul;1(1):6-23. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2004.10104.x.


Introduction: There are few published guidelines for the management of sexual dysfunctions in men and women, despite the prevalence and lack of attention to these problems. Disorders of sexual function in men include erectile dysfunction, orgasm/ejaculation disorders, priapism, and Peyronie's disease.

Aim: To provide evidence-based and expert-opinion consensus guidelines for the clinical management of men's sexual dysfunctions.

Methods: An International Consultation in collaboration with major urological and sexual medicine societies assembled over 200 multidisciplinary experts from 60 countries into 17 consultation committees. Committee members established the scope and objectives for each chapter. Following intensive review of available data and publications, committees developed evidence-based guidelines in each area.

Main outcome measure: New algorithms and guidelines for assessment and treatment of men's sexual dysfunction were developed. The Oxford system of evidence-based review was systematically applied. Expert opinion was based on systematic grading of the medical literature, in addition to cultural and ethical considerations.

Results: Recommendations and guidelines for men's sexual dysfunction are presented. These guidelines were developed as evidence-based, patient-centered, and multidisciplinary in focus. For the clinical assessment and diagnosis of ED, a basic evaluation was recommended for all patients, with optional and specialized testing reserved for special cases. A new treatment algorithm is proposed. This algorithm provides a clinically relevant guideline for managing ED in the large majority of men. New treatment guidelines and algorithms are provided for men's orgasm and ejaculation disorders, including premature ejaculation, retrograde and delayed ejaculation. Finally, expert opinion-based guidelines for the clinical management of priapism and Peyronie's disease are provided.

Conclusions: Additional research is needed to validate and extend these guidelines. Nonetheless, this summary encompasses the recommendations concerning men's sexual dysfunctions presented at the 2nd International Consultation on Sexual Medicine in Paris, France, June 28-July 1, 2003.

MeSH terms

  • Algorithms
  • Consensus
  • Critical Pathways / standards*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / diagnosis
  • Erectile Dysfunction / therapy
  • Evidence-Based Medicine*
  • Humans
  • International Cooperation
  • Male
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / diagnosis*
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / therapy*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / diagnosis*
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / etiology
  • Sexual Dysfunctions, Psychological / therapy*