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Poorer Sexual Satisfaction Reported in ADHD Patients

Poorer Sexual Satisfaction Reported in ADHD PatientsHaving ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder) can greatly influence a person’s quality of life, including sexuality.

ADHD is often diagnosed in children, but adults can have it, too. Some may not even realize it. The condition is marked by inattention, disorganization, restlessness, and impulsive behavior. A person with ADHD might struggle with social skills, relationships, and employment.

Scientists investigated sexuality in adults with ADHD for a recent Journal of Sexual Medicine paper. They reviewed 11 medical studies on the topic.

Compared to the general population, people with ADHD tend to have more sexual desire and masturbate more often, the authors said. However, they also tend to feel less sexual satisfaction.

The researchers noted that sexual activity might be a way people with ADHD cope, as it can help release tension. Medications used to treat ADHD can have sexual side effects as well.

 They added that people with ADHD might have trouble finding partners, processing sexual signals, behaving in an appropriate manner during sex, and managing distractions. All of these might contribute to lower satisfaction.

 “Poor sexual health seems related to the difficulties and symptoms of ADHD such as inattention, impulsivity, hyperactivity, and difficulty in romantic relationships,” the authors wrote.

 They encouraged healthcare providers to discuss sexuality with their ADHD patients and to work with sexologists when treating these patients. They should also understand the ways medications can affect sexual function, the authors said.


 The Journal of Sexual Medicine

Soldati, Lorenzo, MD, et al.

“Sexual Function, Sexual Dysfunctions, and ADHD: A Systematic Literature Review”

(Full-text. Published: May 10, 2020)

National Institute of Mental Health

“Could I Have Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)?”