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CPAP Use Linked to Better Sex in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea

Aug 14, 2018

CPAP Use Linked to Better Sex in Patients with Obstructive Sleep ApneaUsing a CPAP machine can improve sexual quality of life in people with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), experts say. And women might fare better than men.

People with OSA have trouble breathing during sleep because their throat muscles relax, blocking their airway. As a result, they stop breathing for short periods, on and off, during the night. A CPAP device keeps the airway open, allowing the wearer to breathe normally and sleep more soundly. (CPAP stands for continuous positive airway pressure.)

It’s common for people with OSA to develop sexual problems like low libido and erectile dysfunction (ED).

In past studies, CPAP treatment has been linked to better sexual function, at least in men. Information on its effects in women is limited. The current study, published in July 2018 in JAMA Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery, focused on how patients themselves viewed their sexual health after using CPAP.

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