Barbadian Males’ Perceptions of Erectile Dysfunction
Ayodele Olabesi Harper
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill
The purpose of this study was to explore the perceptions about erectile dysfunction (ED) among Barbadian men with ED and the impact of ED on their lives. This qualitative study conducted semi – structured interviews with 33 males between 21 and 80 years old from private and public institutions in Barbados. A phenomenological approach was adopted and thematic analysis used to analyse the data. The results revealed that Barbadian males generally attribute the cause of their ED to external and psychosocial factors such as their partners, the quality of their partners’ relationship and condom use. Barbadian males believed that ED impacts both their intimate partner relation-ships and the quality of their sex life. All males believed that ED is treatable, although less than half of the males sought professional help to treat their ED. Findings suggest the need for public education campaigns that address misconceptions about ED and promote professional help seeking. Areas for future re-search are also highlighted.