Sexual problems in young patients with Parkinson's disease

Acta Neurol Scand. 1995 Jun;91(6):453-5. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0404.1995.tb00445.x.


The purpose of this study was to describe sexual function in a representative group of young patients with Parkinson's disease (PD). Twenty-five patients (15 men, 10 women; age range 36-56 yrs) participated in a structured interview on sexual function. Forty percent of the men and 70% of the women reported changed libido while 33.4% of the men and 80% of the women experienced changed sexual activity after onset of PD. A tendency to changes in libido and sexual function was seen with increasing time of treatment and advanced Hoehn-Yahr stages. It is concluded that changes in libido and sexual function occur more frequently than previously reported, especially in women, and more attention should be paid to these problems.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Age of Onset
  • Depressive Disorder / diagnosis
  • Depressive Disorder / etiology
  • Humans
  • Libido
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Parkinson Disease / complications*
  • Parkinson Disease / physiopathology
  • Sex Factors
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Sexual Dysfunction, Physiological / etiology*