A new, non-medical treatment for ED had a 73% success rate in a new study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research.
The downside of it is that although this treatment seems to be completely safe and side effect free, it may not be something you want to use on your most delicate body parts.
Then again, a 73% success rate is pretty tempting. It’s even more effective than the drug treatment.
Functional electrical stimulation might not sound like anything you want to use on your private parts, but researchers are increasingly starting to back it as an effective treatment for ED.
This treatment applies small electrical charges to the targeted area, usually a muscle, that no longer functions properly.
It is often used in people who have central nervous system damage whose neurons can no longer send messages to their muscles. The treatment then helps their muscles to regenerate and helps to retrain impaired neurons to send a message to the muscles, which makes them work.
It is often used, for example, to restore bodily functions after a stroke that damaged the message pathway from the brain through the central nervous system to the muscles.
In many men with ED, the cavernous smooth muscles responsible for an erection are damaged or weak. This condition gave rise to the question whether functional electrical stimulation could help these muscles to regenerate and restore sexual function.
In this study, 22 men with ED between the ages of 40 and 65 were tested.
Researchers divided them into two groups, one that received genuine functional electrical stimulation, and another that received a fake electrical treatment.
They received their treatments twice a week for a period of 15 minutes over one month.
To find out about sexual function, they asked the participants to complete the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-5), the Erection Hardness Score (EHS), and the WHOQOL quality of life questionnaire before and after the treatment.
Those given the fake treatment reported no or almost no improvement in their sexual function.
However, of the 11 who received the real treatment, three regained the ability to become spontaneously erect, while another five experienced substantial improvements in their scores on the sexual function tests.
The other three did not benefit, giving the treatment a success rate of 73%.