Erectile Dysfunction, Boredom, and Hypersexuality among Coupled Men from Two European Countries (2015)

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COMMENTS: Survey reported a strong correlation between erectile dysfunction and measures of hypersexuality. The study omitted correlation data between erectile functioning and pornography use.

Verena Klein Dipl.-Psych.1,*, Tanja Jurin PhD2,3, Peer Briken MD1 and Aleksandar Štulhofer PhD2

DOI: 10.1111/jsm.13019

Volume 12, Issue 11, pages 2160–2167, November 2015



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.


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


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.


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


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.

  • Erectile Dysfunction;
  • Hypersexuality;
  • Sexual Boredom