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Sexual life satisfaction of methadone-maintained Chinese patients: individuals with pain are dissatisfied with their sex lives

Authors Zhong BL, Xu YM, Zhu JH, Li HJ

Received 18 June 2018

Accepted for publication 10 August 2018

Published 10 September 2018 Volume 2018:11 Pages 1789—1794


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Editor who approved publication: Dr Katherine Hanlon

Bao-Liang Zhong,1,2 Yan-Min Xu,2 Jun-Hong Zhu,2 Hong-Jie Li2

1Research Center for Psychological and Health Sciences, China University of Geosciences, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China; 2Affiliated Wuhan Mental Health Center, Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science & Technology, Wuhan, Hubei Province, China

Purpose: Pain is potentially associated with sexual dysfunction. Both sexual dysfunction and pain are common in methadone-maintained patients, but the association of pain with sexual dysfunction in methadone-maintained patients is rarely studied. This study examined the association between pain and sexual life satisfaction (SLS) in Chinese patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT).
Patients and methods: A total of 477 methadone-maintained patients who recently had sex with their sex partners were recruited from three MMT clinics in Wuhan, China. SLS was assessed with a single question, and the sociodemographic, psychological, and clinical data were collected with standardized questionnaires. Pain intensity was assessed with the 5-point verbal rating scale. Multiple ordinary logistic regression was used to control for potential confounders that may bias the pain–SLS relationship.
Results: The prevalence of self-reported dissatisfaction with one’s sexual life was significantly higher in patients with clinically significant pain (CSP) than those without CSP (41.5% vs 19.4%, χ2 =23.567, P<0.001). After controlling for potential sociodemographic, psychological, and clinical confounders, CSP was still significantly and independently associated with an increase in sexual life dissatisfaction (OR =1.89, P=0.011).
Conclusion: Pain is significantly associated with low SLS in methadone-maintained patients. Appropriate pain management might improve SLS of patients receiving MMT.

Keywords: pain, sexual life satisfaction, methadone maintenance treatment

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