P-74: Effect of Suffering from Posttraumatic Stress Disorder on Sexual Life for Iraqis Terrorist Attacks Survivors
After American occupation to Iraq, no day passed without terrorist attacks or explosion in Iraq. The impact of this events extends to interact with all fields of life. The present study was designed to investigate the basal levels of hormones that affect sexual life of men patients with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and control group.
Materials and methods
Eighty two males witnessed on explosion occurred at 10th June 2010 in Hilla city in Iraq, as well as thirty five males apparently healthy persons as a control groups. Participants were grouped to four groups according to PTSD Checklist (PCL) scores. The PCL is a self-report questionnaire consisting of 17 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, fourth edition (DSM-IV) PTSD symptoms. Total testosterone, free testosterone, and prolactin (PRL) were determined using ELISA.
Total testosterone, free testosterone, and PRL were trend toward decreased in all groups of PTSD patients, when compared to control group. There is negative correlation between each of total testosterone, free testosterone, and PRL with severity of PTSD. PTSD patients showed no interest in having children.
In spit of the results of present study are nonsignificant, and there are only trend toward negative correlation between each hormones and severity of PTSD, but most of the participants in this study shown no interest in having children.