Original Research - Special Collection: Sexual Health

Daily living activities’ performance by male diabetics with sexual dysfunction in South Africa

Mabitsela H. Mphasha, Tebogo M. Mothiba, Linda Skaal
African Journal of Primary Health Care & Family Medicine | Vol 15, No 1 | a3885 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/phcfm.v15i1.3885 | © 2023 Mabitsela H. Mphasha, Tebogo M. Mothiba, Linda Skaal | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 20 October 2022 | Published: 10 July 2023

About the author(s)

Mabitsela H. Mphasha, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Healthcare Sciences, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
Tebogo M. Mothiba, Dean’s Office, Faculty of Healthcare Sciences, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa
Linda Skaal, Department of Public Health, Faculty of Healthcare Sciences, University of Limpopo, Polokwane, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Sexual dysfunction (SD) is a common complication among men living with diabetes (MLWD), which adds to stresses induced by medical condition. Effect of stress on their daily living activities has been only poorly described.

Aim: This study aimed to explore the behaviour and challenges of MLWD experiencing SD in respect of daily living activities.

Setting: Five clinics in Senwabarwana in Limpopo province.

Methods: Qualitative approach and phenomenological exploratory design were adopted to collect data from 15 male participants selected from five clinics using purposive homogeneous sampling. One-on-one interviews were conducted using voice recorders, and field notes were taken of non-verbal cues. Unstructured interview guide with principal question enabled instructive probing to be conducted. Data were analysed using eight steps of Tesch’s inductive, descriptive and open coding technique.

Results: Participants reported stressful experiences, difficulty coping with diabetes and its accompanying complication of SD that led to fear of losing their wives. They indicated that as a result of stress and difficulty in coping with the condition, they were engaged in less physical activity than before their diagnosis.

Conclusion: Sexual dysfunction is prevalent among male diabetics and often feel stressed and worried about losing their wives. They struggle to cope with conditions to the point where they are less capable of performing tasks than they were before diagnosis. These outcomes are critical issues that should be addressed in any diabetes treatment strategy.

Contribution: Support-based collaboration of healthcare providers with spouses and revision of South African diabetes management strategy to incorporate healthy coping strategies are recommended.


Keywords

men living with diabetes; sexual dysfunction; coping with stress; fear of losing wife; activities of daily living.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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