Erectile Dysfunction, Boredom, and Hypersexuality among Coupled Men from Two European Countries

J Sex Med. 2015 Nov;12(11):2160-7. doi: 10.1111/jsm.13019. Epub 2015 Nov 2.


Introduction: Much of the research on the association between erectile dysfunction (ED) and possible clinical relevant hypersexuality up to now has been only descriptive in nature.

Aim: The present study aimed to explore the relationships among hypersexuality, ED, and sexual boredom in a sample of coupled community men.

Methods: An Internet-based survey was conducted in two European countries. The sample included 911 Croatian and 210 German coupled men. The survey comprised the Hypersexual Disorder Screening Inventory, the International Index of Erectile Function and the Sexual Boredom Scale. Poisson regression analysis was used to examine how ED, solitary sexual activities and sexual boredom were associated with hypersexuality.

Results: Among Croatian and German men, hypersexuality was significantly correlated with proneness to sexual boredom and more problems with erectile function.

Conclusions: In some men, hypersexual behavior may serve as a coping mechanism for sexual fantasy poverty-associated boredom. In addition, ED within an intimate relationship can accompany this simultaneously.

Keywords: . Erectile Dysfunction; Hypersexuality; Sexual Boredom.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Boredom
  • Croatia
  • Erectile Dysfunction / epidemiology*
  • Erectile Dysfunction / physiopathology
  • Erectile Dysfunction / psychology
  • Germany
  • Humans
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Paraphilic Disorders / epidemiology
  • Penile Erection / psychology*
  • Personality Inventory
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Partners / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires